HARMONY SCHOOL of TECHNOLOGY
Upcoming PSAT Dates
- October 25th- Registration deadline
- October 27th- PSAT Test
8th Grade PSAT
Dear Parents and Students,
Please fill out this MANDATORY google form in order to sign up for the PSAT.
PSAT will be taken in-person. NO REMOTE TESTING AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.
8th-grade students will test ON CAMPUS, the schedule will be shared soon by your testing coordinator.
Safety measurements will be taken to ensure social distancing among students and proctors.
*A High PSAT Score Can Lead to a National Merit Scholarship.
*Your PSAT Score Can Indicate Future SAT Performance.
*Doing Well on the PSAT Can Give You a Confidence Boost.
For further information please contact the head counselor or the campus testing coordinator.
Deadline to submit your form: 10/25/2020
The PSAT is slightly shorter than the SAT, lasting 2 hours and 45 minutes. This time is split up between four sections:
- Reading: 60 minutes, 47 questions
- Writing and Language: 35 minutes, 44 questions
- Math (No Calculator): 25 minutes, 17 questions
- Math (Calculator): 45 minutes, 31 questions
There are also two breaks during the test: a five-minute break after the reading section and another five-minute break after the math no-calculator section. Therefore, the entire sitting will take students, under standard testing conditions, about 3 hours.
Format and common question types
Click here to download a two-page guide to the format and common question types of each section of the PSAT.
The reading section tests students' abilities to comprehend and analyze fictional, historical, and scientific reading passages.
The writing section tests students' mastery of grammatical concepts (punctuation, verb conjugation, etc.) and the rhetorical expression of ideas.
There are two math sections. On the first section, the arithmetic can be done by hand, so a calculator is not allowed. On the second section, the arithmetic will be a little more difficult, requiring the student to use a calculator. These sections test students' mastery of algebra, geometry, data analysis, trigonometry, and other math concepts. Students will answer multiple-choice questions and grid-in questions on both sections.
What is a good PSAT score?
Here's where a lot of confusion is introduced to the PSAT conversation mostly because PSAT scores, annoyingly, don't line up with SAT scores.
Your PSAT will be scored in 2 sections (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math) on a scale of 160-760 each for a total PSAT score range of 320-1520.
You can see a breakdown of the exact percentiles of all scores as given by College Board in this guide, but I've included a few sample benchmarks below to give you a sense of where PSAT scores generally fall for juniors who have take the PSAT.
- 95th Percentile: 1370
- 90th Percentile: 1280
- 75th Percentile: 1150
- 50th Percentile: 1010
- 25th Percentile: 850
So what is a good PSAT score? It all depends on your goals for your PSAT. Read on for more details regarding what you'll need to score for recognition and scholarships