Information Regarding The Pre SAT

Everything about Pre SAT That You Need to Know

What is Pre SAT?

Pre SAT or PSAT is the acronym for Preliminary SAT. It is otherwise abbreviated as NMSQT which stands for National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. It is administered by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in the United States of America. However, it is offered by the College Board only.

It is taken annually by approximately 3.5 million students. Even students from seventh and eighth grades take this exam. The scores will be used by the NMSC for deciding your eligibility for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Before 1997, this exam used to be comprised of only two test sections viz. Math and Verbal sections. In this testing format, the Verbal section was evaluated for marks more than that of the Math section. The writing skills section was added in the year 1997 making the assessment a three section test.

Why Pre SAT?

Many of you might have the question -  “Why pre SAT?” From the College Board’s perspective, it is a firsthand practice for SAT. It is like a warm up test session for you if you plan to take SAT later on. It tests your analytical and logical ability as well your English language proficiency. You might have developed the skills of problem solving and attempting English language related questions but the questions asked in SAT require an extra edge for your skills to be solved. It is a test for such skills. Mentioned below are some important points that would explain to you why you must attempt this test.

  • You can know where your skills stand. You can know how far can the skills you possess help you score well in the actual exam. Hence, it is kind of a feedback for of your skills. You can know about all the strengths and weaknesses you possess thereby helping you to understand where to focus and where not to focus.

  • After your self assessment, you can prepare an action plan that would be more effective for your preparation for the real assessment.

  • Also, you can know your performance levels on a comparative basis with that of others applying for colleges. This makes you understand where you stand and what is that you require for standing out.

  • A good pre exam score makes you eligible for the scholarships offered for the students of 11th grade from NMSC.

  • Most important of all, you can get to know about the question types asked in the actual test which helps you to strategically find ways to effectively solve the questions which will be asked in real exam.

  • You can receive updates and any other information from the colleges with the Student Search Service. You can know about this pre test at the official College Board link:

Pre SAT Test Format and Scoring

Pre SAT is administered for a total time of two hours and ten minutes. It is a three section test comprising of the Math section, Critical Reading sections and the Writing skills section. Each of the mentioned above sections are scored on a scale of 20-80 points with the maximum score for a single section being 80 points. Hence, the whole test adds up to a maximum score of 240 points. The main difference between the pre exam and the actual exam is that the Math section of pre SAT does not consist of problems from higher level Mathematics and the Writing section does not consist of an essay as in actual exam.

Hence, it is very helpful for students to understand their skills and also know more in detail about the actual examination.