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What's a Good PSAT Score for 2015?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Sep 13, 2015 1:00:00 PM

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With all the scoring changes on the redesigned College Board exams, what counts as a "good score" on the PSAT these days? There are a few factors you can use to define what's good: score percentiles, National Merit criteria, and your own personal goals for the PSAT and the SAT. First, it's critical to understand how the PSAT is scored. 

This guide will review the scoring scale of the PSAT, along with National Merit Scholarship Corporation's Selection Index, so you know what counts as a good PSAT score. To start off, let’s go over a few key PSAT terms that will help you understand the rest of this guide.

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What Is the PSAT/NMSQT? Why Should You Care?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Sep 2, 2015 8:00:00 AM

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Have you heard about the PSAT or the National Merit program and are wondering what they are? Are you looking for ways to prepare for the SAT?

Read this guide to learn what the PSAT/NMSQT is, what it tests, and how it can get you ready for the SAT and earn you money for college.

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The PSAT Score Range (Updated for New 2015 PSAT)

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Sep 2, 2015 12:03:00 AM

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College Board is mixing things up. With the new suite of assessments starting to roll out this fall, the new PSAT is one of the first tests to debut.

Apart from changes in content and structure, the new PSAT will use a different scoring system than the one used in previous years. This new scale will correspond with, though not match exactly, the scale for the new SAT.

This article will go over the new PSAT score range, along with explaining what your PSAT scores will mean for National Merit and your performance on the SAT. Let's check out the new scoring system.

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What's a Good PSAT Score for a Junior?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Sep 1, 2015 11:58:00 PM

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The PSAT is an important test on the road to college. Your scores predict how you'll do on the SAT, plus top scorers may earn distinction and scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

So, how do you know whether your PSAT scores are good? While what counts as a good score varies depending on your personal goals, we can give a more objective answer to this question by considering PSAT score percentiles. First, let's review how the PSAT is scored. 

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What's a Good PSAT Score for a Freshman?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Sep 1, 2015 11:56:03 PM

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If you're gearing up for a high PSAT score in junior year, then you may choose to take the PSAT as a freshman for practice. Taking the PSAT in 9th grade will help you identify your current scoring level and figure out how you can improve for the future.

As a freshman, you can choose between two tests: the PSAT/NMSQT that 11th graders take or the PSAT 8/9, a version of the test specifically geared toward 8th and 9th graders.

These two tests have comparable, but slightly different, score ranges. This article will go over the scoring and percentiles of both so you know what would make a good PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 8/9 score as a freshman.

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What Is PSAT 8/9? Should You Take It?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jul 27, 2015 8:30:00 AM

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The College Board now offers the PSAT 8/9 to eighth graders and high school freshmen as the first hurdle in the group of tests they call the “SAT Suite of Assessments”. This test is a precursor to the PSAT 10, the PSAT/NMSQT and the SAT.

But when is it offered? And should you even bother taking it? In this article I’ll give you all the details!

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Should You Take the PSAT 10 or PSAT NMSQT?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jul 23, 2015 8:00:00 AM

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The two tests are very similar, but not identical. So which one should you take?

Back in my day (when dinosaurs roamed the earth), there was just one version of the PSAT, a.k.a. the Practice SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. But now, the College Board has multiple versions of the PSAT, including the PSAT NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) and the PSAT 10.

So what are the differences between the two tests? And which one should you take? Read on for an exclusive guide.

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What Is the PSAT 10? Complete Guide

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jul 21, 2015 9:18:00 PM

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Most high school students have heard of the PSAT NMSQT – a.k.a. the practice SAT that doubles as the qualifying exam for the National Merit competition. Fewer have heard of the PSAT 10, a new version of the PSAT designed for sophomores.

So what exactly is the PSAT 10, and why should you consider taking it? Learn all about it in our guide.

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What to Do With Your PSAT Scores

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jul 13, 2015 3:00:00 PM

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You’ve taken the PSAT and gotten your score report, but what’s next?

This is a guide as to how to interpret and use your PSAT score to help you prepare for the SAT. Read on to make the most of your PSAT score.

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PSAT Test Dates 2017

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jul 13, 2015 1:00:00 PM

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If you’re coming up on your sophomore or junior year, you’re probably wondering when you’ll be taking the PSAT and how you should prepare. In this article, I’ll tell you when the PSAT is offered this year, how to get ready, and how this relates to your future plans for the SAT.

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How to Get Your PSAT Score Report

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jul 13, 2015 12:00:00 PM

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How do you get your PSAT score report? Can you view it online? The PSAT score report works a bit differently than your typical SAT or ACT report.

We will walk through how to get your report and what to do once you have it.

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PSAT Practice Tests: Free Questions and Full-Length Tests

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jun 24, 2015 8:26:00 PM

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Why buy a bunch of practice tests when you can find them online for free? To make your search as easy as possible, I've compiled all of the best PSAT practice tests and sample questions available on the World Wide Web.

Read on for nine downloadable PSAT practice test pdfs, along with four bonus SAT practice tests. Since College Board has only released one official practice test for the current version of the PSAT, I'll also explain how you can modify older practice tests to prepare.

Let's get right to it with the first official PSAT practice test pdf for you to download. 

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Should I Take the PSAT As a Sophomore?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 16, 2015 12:30:00 PM

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Is it a good idea to take the PSAT as a sophomore?

Here's a spoiler: Absolutely. Affirmative. A resounding yes.

When you take the PSAT in 11th grade, it has some pretty high stakes attached in form of National Merit distinctions and scholarships. So it's definitely a good idea to do a trial run before you sit for the one that counts for so much.

Let's talk about all the reasons it's a smart and strategic idea to sit for the PSAT as a sophomore.

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Should I Take the PSAT As a Freshman?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Apr 16, 2015 10:30:00 AM

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It's never too early to start planning!

When should you start preparing to apply to college? When you sign up for the SAT? The day you choose your freshman year classes? From the time you learn to read your first picture book?

This might be a matter of debate between you and your parents, but we can all agree that planning starts long before you actually start filling out applications. So to put yourself on the track for college success, should you start freshman year off by taking the PSAT?

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What's a Good PSAT Score for a Sophomore?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Mar 21, 2015 4:30:00 PM

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You wouldn't go for your driver's license test before ever getting behind the wheel, right? You would practice your three-point turns and parallel parking first, so you're ready and know what to expect when the real test comes.

Just as you suspected, this scenario's an analogy for the PSAT. Rather than sitting for it junior year without a practice run, you can improve your performance if you've already taken it in 10th grade. Taking the PSAT as a sophomore is a great, low-pressure way to familiarize yourself with the test, gauge your level, and figure out where you need to improve.

With this in mind, let's look at what scores are good for sophomores and how to improve them even more for junior year. First, let's consider how the new PSAT is scored.

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