PSAT/NMSQT (FOR ALL COLLEGE-BOUND JUNIORS!)
The PSAT is a practice SAT exam given at Bucktail in October of each year. Students' performance on this exam indicates current academic strengths/needs in detailed form and gives a general idea of how a student may perform on the SAT. The PSAT score report contains a code which allows students to see descriptions of test answers and provides free SAT prep materials based on a student's performance. Juniors who take this exam can qualify for a National Merit Scholarship. For more questions, see your school counselor.
More information about the PSAT/NMSQT can also be found at: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/reg.html
SAT VS ACT: WHICH IS RIGHT FOR ME?
- Check whether your school(s) require one over the other.
- When given the choice, take the test that best suits your strengths.
- Measures overall academic development (i.e. What have you learned in school?).
- 4 sections (English, Math, Reading, Science, and optional Writing section--check if your school(s) require the Writing section!).
- Only multiple-choice questions (except optional Writing).
- Total testing time: 2 hours, 55 mins (without breaks).
- Only correct answers count. No penalty for incorrect or unanswered questions.
- Heavy focus on grammar and punctuation.
- Designed to measure general thinking and problem-solving abilities.
- 3 Sections (Critical Reading, Math, and Writing, which is not optional).
- Total testing time: 3 hours, 45 minutes ((without breaks).
- Multiple choice and student-produced answers (Writing AND Math sections).
- "Wrong answer penalty" exists. Students lose ¼ point for every incorrect multiple choice question (no penalty for grid-in Math questions or answers left blank).
- Heavy focus on vocabulary.
- If you still are not sure about which test to take, you can either take one of each or take a scored practice exam to see which scores are higher.
- Free, full length practice SAT exams are available at http://sat.collegeboard.com/practice/sat-practice-test
- Free, full length practice ACT exams are available at http://www.princetonreview.com/login3.aspx?RDN=2
- Some schools also consider/require the SAT II Subject Tests for admission to academic programs. Check admissions websites and see your school counselor for more information.
Free SAT Prep Resources
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