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4 Expert PSAT Calculator Tips + Approved Calculators

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Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Apr 24, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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PSAT math can be intimidating, so it would be nice to be able to have some computerized help. But can you use a calculator on the PSAT? Yes, you can, though only on the second of the two Math sections on the PSAT. But what kind of calculator can you use, and when does it make sense to use a calculator on the PSAT?

Read on for the complete list of approved calculators for PSAT test day and our top tips for using your calculator effectively.

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PSAT Test Dates 2017

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Posted by Rebecca Safier | Dec 2, 2016 6:00:00 PM

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Attention, 2017 juniors! Do you know when you’ll be taking the PSAT? Do you know the best way to prepare for the test?

This guide is for anyone planning to take the PSAT in the fall of 2017. We have the predicted PSAT test dates, along with some key study tips. To start, let’s discuss what you need to know about how your school will administer the PSAT.

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10 Last-Minute PSAT Cramming Tips

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Posted by Vero Lecocq | Oct 2, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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The PSAT is coming up—fast. 

Test day will be here whether you've been studying or not. For the SAT, I would recommend delaying for a later test date, but that's not really possible with the PSAT.

If you have less than three weeks left,  you're going to have to cram.

So? How are you best going to prepare for the exam?

In this article, I'll guide you through how to prepare quickly, including what to focus on for each section of the test and the best test-day techniques.

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PSAT Test Dates 2016: Full Guide

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Posted by Rebecca Safier | Aug 26, 2016 6:00:00 PM

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Are you planning to take the PSAT in the fall of 2016? This guide will fill you in on the exact test dates, along with some essential tips for achieving a great PSAT score.

If you’re a rising junior or taking the PSAT as a younger student, read on to learn how the PSAT will be administered to students nationwide.

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Low PSAT Score? Here's What to Do

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Apr 14, 2016 6:00:00 PM

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Did you get your PSAT score back and it was lower than you expected? The good news is that PSAT scores aren’t sent to colleges, so your low score will have no impact on your future applications. However, you’ll need to make some changes if you want a higher score when it comes time for you to take the SAT. 

This guide will walk you through the steps you need to take to get on the right path, including how to identify what errors you made on the PSAT, how to avoid them on the SAT, and how to develop the best study plan going forward. 

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Problems With the New PSAT? Your Questions, Answered

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Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Jan 29, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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The College Board had some issues with the new PSAT, including late score reports from their Fall 2015 test. Here, we’ll talk about whether these problems will affect you, and we’ll point you in the right direction if you still have issues getting your scores.

PSAT scores are especially important to high school juniors who are hoping to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship. If you're a high school junior, you’ll want to make sure you read our NMS score section - we’ll answer all your questions about National Merit Semifinalist cutoffs.

Finally, we’ll talk a bit about what this means for the College Board in general. This isn’t the first problem that they’ve had with their standardized tests in recent years - could this delay in score reports speak to more serious problems with the maker of the SAT? Read on to find out!

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Do You Qualify for the National Merit Scholarship?

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Sep 20, 2015 7:00:00 AM

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Out of the 1.5 million juniors in the US who take the PSAT only about 7,600 will end up with a National Merit Scholarship of $2,500 through the National Merit Scholarship Program. So how do you qualify? If you do qualify, what are your chances of getting the scholarship?

I am going to answer these questions by discussing the basic qualification for National Merit and laying out a timeline for the program.

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The PSAT Score Range (Updated for New 2015 PSAT)

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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 to Do With Your PSAT Scores

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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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What Does MY PSAT Score Mean? 3 Next Steps After the PSAT

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Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Feb 10, 2015 9:37:00 AM

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You just got your PSAT score—what's next? You just got your score, but don't know what it exactly means or what you should do next. There are three strong implications of your PSAT score, and those students that understand them do a lot better in college admissions that those who don't. Read on to find out what those implications are.

Did you just get your PSAT score? (If not, check out the PSAT release schedule here). If so, you may be wondering how to interpret the score. The PSAT serves a number of purposes. It prepares you for the SAT test next year, which is one of the most important pieces in college admissions. It determines a number (but not all) of scholarships. And perhaps most importantly, it's the starting line when students with foresight begin planning for college.

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