Any student can take the PSAT Test to get a preview of the SAT I Reasoning Test and the SAT II Writing Test. The PSAT Test is given only once a year, in October.
The highest score students can get on the PSAT is 240 points,
a combination of 80 points for each of the three sections--math, verbal, and writing. Once students receive their PSAT scores, they can see in which areas they are weak, and then work to strengthen those areas.
PSAT students will take the same classes as the SAT students because the PSAT is simply a shorter version of the SAT I Reasoning Test and the SAT II Writing test; therefore, the SAT I curriculum is appropriate for both the PSAT and the SAT students. Furthermore, because the PSAT includes a writing section, unlike the SAT I, PSAT students are recommended to enroll in Accel¡¯s SAT II Writing class to prepare for this section of the PSAT.
The PSAT/NMSQT is the initial screening test for the National Merit Scholarship Award. Once students take the PSATs and get their scores, they must then begin the process of applying for the NMSA by submitting their school grades, recommendations, and personal essays. Only about 8,000 finalists for the scholarship are chosen out of 1.3 million high school graduates each year. High school juniors who wish to compete for the very prestigious National Merit Scholarship Award need to prepare for the PSAT Test in order to achieve their highest possible scores.
National Merit Scholarship
There will be no more analogies on the PSATs beginning October 2004. Changes to the SAT I format do not go into effect until March of 2005.
Information on changes to the SATs
Accel¡¯s modified curriculum for the new SATs