PSAT Times

When and How Many Times You Can Appear for PSAT

What Are the PSAT Testing Dates and Times?

The PSAT or the Preliminary SAT is a competitive exam among the sophomores and the eleventh graders. For the eleventh graders, it is an exclusive exam which will earn them national level scholarships. As the PSAT or the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) has no separate testing locations, it is administered only in high schools. The third Saturday of October of each year and its preceding Wednesday are the two PSAT times for testing. Hence, the upcoming PSAT times for testing are October 20th 2012 and October 17th, 2012. You can choose any of the two PSAT times, according to your caprice. If your high school chooses a Saturday PSAT testing date and you wish to take PSAT on Wednesday, then you should register in a high school which is administering PSAT on Wednesday, October 17th, 2012. On the two PSAT times or the two testing dates, the test starts early in the morning, from 7.45 am. Test-takers should reach the testing location/ high school at least an hour before the scheduled time.

Generally, there are many queries regarding the PSAT, like how to register for the test, how to prepare, how to start purchasing books for PSAT, etc. however, in this article, we shall discuss three main aspects of PSAT. These queries are; when should one take PSAT? How many times should one take PSAT? How many times is PSAT offered? Let us discuss these three queries in the following subsections:

  • When Should You Take the PSAT?

    The PSAT measures your skills in three main sections, namely the Critical Reading, Math and Writing Skills. It checks whether you are ready to put these three skills in practical use and whether you are capable of them, well enough to take the SAT. Hence, you should take PSAT when you need a practice test just before SAT. The PSAT gives you the primary exposure to the SAT test. The PSAT prepares you for the final SAT test which you will take after the 12th grade. You should take PSAT just when you are nearing your SAT test, i.e., in your eleventh grade and your sophomore years.

  • How Many Times Should One Take PSAT?

    You can take the PSAT on the two PSAT times for testing, in October. Or else, you can start taking PSAT from fall of your 9th grade or even younger. As the PSAT scores are not used for any official purposes or admission requirements for college, you can take the PSAT right when you turn 13. Ideally, a test-taker sits for PSAT thrice, once each in his 9th and 10th standards and the final time, in his 11th grade. Otherwise, one may take the PSAT in his sophomore years too. You must remember that it is your PSAT score in the eleventh grade, which makes you eligible for the contest for National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) programs. The past PSAT scores do not count for eligibility in the NMSC programs.

  • How Many Times Is PSAT Offered?

    The PSAT is offered twice in a year, in the fall. There are only two testing dates which are in October. However, if one misses both of these two PSAT times for testing, one may make an appeal to the College Board authority to provide retesting. The College Board authority then, if finds the applicant’s request to be valid, provides an alternative route to compete for the NMSC programs in the next year.

    The above-mentioned discussion provides you the information regarding the two PSAT times for testing, the time which is best for a student to take PSAT and the number of times a student can take PSAT. Now that you have known about these queries, it is time to find out the registration process of PSAT and start preparing for PSAT.

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