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The Practice SATs are generally given in 10th or 11th grade. They’re a good way for students to get a sense of what their score would be if taking a regular SAT. It may also be required for students applying for a National Merit Scholarship.

Breaking It Down

The PSAT is designed to measure college-readiness in students and prepare them for the SATs, which is one of many college entry factors. The PSAT is 2 hours and 45 minutes long and covers math as well as evidence-based reading & writing.
PSAT scores do not count towards college admission, but can be used to apply for certain merit-based scholarships, such as the National Merit Scholarship.

PSAT tutoring and PSAT prep are available to help students develop test-taking strategies that incorporate everything from mental tricks to game theory. The right PSAT prep tutor can help a student begin to see each section in a whole new light.