Testing

PSAT Registration Information

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SAT and Subject Test Registration Information

 

Registration for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests is completed online at: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat

Students can take the exam at any test site, regardless of where they attend school.

Remember, if you've taken the PSAT, and viewed your scores online, you already have a College Board account associated with your email address. You should *not* create an additional account.


ACT Registration Information
Registration for the ACT is completed online at: http://www.actstudent.org
Memorial High School does not host the ACT.  Please search for the closest testing site.  Students can take the exam at any test site, regardless of where they attend school.


Why should sophomores and juniors test?

  • Practice: The PSAT is designed to align with the SAT. One of the most common reasons students, especially juniors, take the PSAT is to get familiar with the layout and content of the SAT, which is often required for college admission. The PSAT provides students with the opportunity to get a feel for the SAT, and helps them identify potential strengths and weaknesses.
  • Possible Scholarships: Some juniors take the PSAT to try to win a National Merit scholarship. Each year about 1.6 million juniors enter the National Merit competition via the PSAT. Of these test takers 16,000 will become Semifinalists, and of these Semifinalists 15,000 will become Finalists. In the end, 7,500 entrants will each win a $2,500 scholarship along with the prestigious distinction of National Merit Scholar.
  • To prepare for a second attempt at the PSAT (if taking it as a sophomore): The final reason students take the PSAT is to practice for the PSAT as sophomores before taking it again as juniors. Although sophomores aren’t eligible for National Merit, taking the PSAT early can increase your shot at getting a high PSAT score later on. Testing as a sophomore also allows the student to create a timeline for test prep, particularly for students who hope to complete most of their admissions testing during junior year.

What is covered on the PSAT, and how is it scored?
  • In the evidence-based reading and writing sections, students will be asked to demonstrate their ability to interpret, synthesize and use evidence found in a wide range of sources.
  • In the math section, students will focus on three essential areas: problem solving and data analysis, algebra, and advanced math.
  • The PSAT utilizes the same scoring as the SAT. One point will be awarded for correct answers, there are no deductions for incorrect answers or skipped questions. This provides a raw score, which is then changed to a scaled score
  • The possible score range for the PSAT/NMSQT is 320-520.
  • The PSAT is 2 hours and 45 minutes long.

When are results available?
Scores are released online at collegeboard.org in early December.

Questions?
Contact your guidance counselor.