PSAT overview, benefits

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All Glenn High School students will take the PSAT on October 11th from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in assigned classrooms.

The PSAT stands for Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test, and it is a test designed similar to the SAT to help prepare students to take the test in their junior/senior year. The PSAT is especially important for Juniors, as scoring high can qualify you for college scholarships.

The PSAT has three parts: The reading section focuses on reading a passage with visuals and answering multiple choice questions based on the information given and what the author may not directly state.

The writing and language section gives you a passage and asks you to edit things such as word choice and grammar mistakes.

The math section is divided into two parts, one part with a calculator and one part without a calculator. You are expected to provide your own calculator. The test is predominantly algebra, and focuses on problem solving and data analysis. Most questions are multiple choice, however a few are griddable.

The College Board website has any additional information needed on the PSAT as well as practice questions to study with.