To properly prepare for the SAT students should begin early, practice often, and, for good measure, hire a private tutor. The best way to prepare for the SAT is to take the PSAT in the second or third year of high school. This is because the PSAT exam is essentially a practice SAT exam administered by the College Board, the same organization that produces the SAT.
How is the PSAT different from the SAT?
The PSAT is similar to the SAT in structure and content. However, there are some key differences. Similar to the SAT, the PSAT has four sections.
- Evidence Based Reading
- English Writing and Language
- Math (without calculator)
- Math (with calculator)
On the PSAT, the sections have fewer questions. The exam is scored out of 1520 possible points. Questions on the PSAT are similar in content to the SAT but may be slightly less challenging.
How is the PSAT different from the SSAT?
The SSAT is another SAT-like exam offered to students. Unlike the SSAT, however, the PSAT is geared toward high school sophomores and juniors. The SSAT exam is different in its purpose. Elementary, middle, and early high school students will need to take the SSAT for admission to selective private and boarding schools.
On the other hand, the PSAT is more of a practice exam for the SAT. The SSAT is also divided up differently than the PSAT. For example, the SSAT English section contains Synonyms and Analogies. The PSAT English section does not.
Why should I take the PSAT?
First of all, the PSAT is a great way for students to ease into the SAT and get used to the format. Generally, students would take the PSAT early in high school. A score on the PSAT can help students gauge how much preparation they need before taking the actual SAT. Aside from SAT prep, students can also use the PSAT to qualify for college scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship program. The National Merit Scholarship is open to all US citizens and permanent residents. It offers college scholarships to top performing students on the PSAT exam.
How can I prepare for the PSAT?
One of the easiest and most effective ways to prepare for the PSAT is by hiring a private tutor. Private tutors can help you identify weaknesses and create a study schedule that is tailored to your specific needs.
Where can I take the PSAT?
The PSAT is offered at select high schools, universities, and private testing centers across Hong Kong.
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