PSAT

  • 2020-2021 Info:

    Hackensack High School is planning to administer the PSAT to all juniors on January 26, 2021 in person at the high school. A Google Form was sent to all juniors to register for the exam. Any sophomore who wishes to take the PSAT may contact their counselor directly to sign up.

     

    CLICK HERE FOR PRACTICE TESTS

     
     
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    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PSAT

    Q

    What is on the PSAT?

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    The PSAT includes reading, writing and language, and math. The test measures your current abilities and pinpoints areas for development.

    Q

    What changes have been made to the new PSAT?

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    Like the new SAT debuting in March 2016, the PSAT has been redesigned. It now aligns with the new SAT. The new PSAT will be offered in October 2015 at Hunterdon Central.

    Q

    How is the PSAT scored?

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    A student’s total PSAT score will range from 320-1520. This is a sum score of the Math and Evidence Based Reading & Writing sections. Each section will have a score range of 160-760. 

    The total score and section scores will be accompanied by a nationally representative sample percentile ranking, which demonstrates the percentage of students across the country in a particular grade whose score falls at or below your score. For example, a junior whose Math percentile is 63 scored higher or equal to 63% of juniors across the country in that section. 

    Additionally, a student’s score report will include a section titled “College and Career Readiness Benchmarks”, which can serve as an indicator as to a student’s level of preparedness for college, following high school graduation. If a student scores below the benchmark, we encourage them to use the feedback provided on their score report in order to improve their skills. 

    The benchmark scores are broken down into three sections: test scores, cross test scores, and subscores, with a scale that indicates whether you meet/exceed, approach, or do not meet the benchmark. Under “Test Scores” you will receive scores ranging from 8-38 for reading, writing and language, and math. The “Cross Test Scores” rate your analyzing skills in History/Social Studies and Science based on questions answered in the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math sections of the test. These scores also range from 8-38. 

    The PSAT score report will also provide Subscores in the following areas. 
    Reading and Writing Language:
    - Command of Evidence
    - Words in Context
    - Expression of Ideas
    - Standard English Conventions

    Math:
    - Heart of Algebra
    - Problem Solving and Data Analysis
    - Passport to Advanced Math

    These scores will range from 1-15.

    Q

    How long is the PSAT?

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    The PSAT is 2 hours, 45 minutes in length.

    Q

    Who should take the PSAT?

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    We encourage students to take the PSAT during their sophomore and junior years. Students should speak with their counselor directly regarding their individual plan, if they have questions.

    Q

    What are the benefits of taking the PSAT?

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    The PSAT essentially serves as a practice test, prior to a student taking the SAT. PSAT scores are not reported to colleges and universities, and students will be introduced to a test that is similar in length and content to the SAT. Students who take the PSAT will receive feedback on strengths and areas in need of improvement prior to taking the SAT and applying to colleges. Additionally, juniors can qualify for National Merit Recognition. Students who select “yes” to the Student Search Service on the test will also be able to receive information from colleges and universities across the country.

    Q

    Should I study for the PSAT?

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    Students should not feel any pressure to study for the PSAT as it is intended to be a practice test. However, please feel free to check out these practice tools on Collegeboard’s website: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/practice

    Q

    Do you have advice for students who are planning to take the test?

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    Stay calm! The PSAT is for a student’s own benefit and scores are not reported to colleges. Students will receive feedback on their strengths and areas in need of improvement, so they have the opportunity to improve prior to taking the SAT. It is a “no stress test". 

    Also, be sure to eat breakfast, arrive on time and bring all necessary materials to avoid any test day stress.

    Q

    What should I bring the day I take the test?

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    - #2 Pencils
    - Calculator
    - Photo ID
    - PSAT Admission Ticket

    Q

    Does the PSAT affect college admissions?

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    No. PSAT scores are not reported to colleges or universities, but rather are intended to help prepare for the SAT, and to qualify juniors for National Merit and other scholarships and recognitions.