PSAT - Winward Academy

SAT Prep

Frequency

Offered one time per year

Length

2 hours 45 minutes

Cost

Fees are paid by schools

Maximum Score

1520

Why is the PSAT important?

The PSAT is not reported on your college applications. It is simply a qualifying exam for National Merit Scholarships. The highest scoring students can be eligible for scholarship money.

Even if you don’t think you’ll score in the top 1%, don’t ignore the PSAT. View it as a way to help identify areas to focus on before taking the ACT or SAT.

Frequency

Offered one time per year

Length

2 hours 45 minutes

Cost

Fees are paid by schools

Maximum Score

1520

When is the PSAT?

The PSAT is offered nationally one time each year in October. Your college counselor can confirm when your school is scheduled to take it.

What is tested on the PSAT?

The PSAT has two sections: Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing. You’ll complete math problems drawing upon algebra, geometry, and a little trigonometry. You’ll also encounter passages accompanied by tables, graphs, and charts.

How is the PSAT scored?

Each section is scored on a scale of 160-760, with a “perfect” score of 1520 (the sum of the two sections). You’ll also receive test scores, cross-test scores, and subscores. Find out more about PSAT scoring.

How do you register for the PSAT?

Check with your high school counselor to ensure you’re signed up for the PSAT.