# 10/8 What Is the PSAT Test? ## Everything you Need to Know

##### What is the PSAT test?

The SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) is a well-known standardized test widely used for college admissions in the United States. It tests what the students learn in high school with the common core standards and their readiness for college and takes three hours to finish. However, PSAT (Preliminary SAT) is a primer for the SAT. Students use the PSAT as a practice for the SAT to detect their strengths and weaknesses. With the PSAT test results, students can use the score as an essential guidepost for their college admissions journey and compare their scores with the expectations of the university's SAT score requirements. In addition, the PSAT test is a qualifying test for the National Merit scholarship for American students. Therefore, the PSAT test is vital for high school students that would like to study abroad.

##### Why take the PSAT?

PSAT scores can help students predict SAT scores, and PSAT test scores can be used as specific indicators for SAT exams. Through the performance of PSAT, students can know which part of their preparation should be strengthened before taking the SAT.

##### What sections are on the PSAT test?

The PSAT is a full English test with the same type of questions as the SAT but does not include the essay section.

The structure of the test is as follows:

◎ Writing and Language Test

◎ Math Test (No Calculator)

◎ Math Test (Calculator)

##### How is the PSAT score calculated?

The PSAT is scored on a scale of 320 to 1520 points. The score is the sum of reading, writing, and mathematics. Students will be given a raw score scale between a minimum of 8 points to a maximum of 38 points.

PSAT score calculation method: (reading 38 + writing 38) × 10 = 760 + mathematics 38 × 20 = 760, making the total possible score 1520 points.

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##### 為什麼要考 PSAT？

PSAT成績可以幫助學生預測SAT分數，PSAT 的測驗成績可作為SAT 考試的具體指標。透過PSAT 的成績表現，學生可以知道，自己在參加 SAT 考試時，有哪些是應該要加強準備的部份。

##### PSAT 考什麼？

PSAT 為全英文考試，題型和 SAT 相同，但不包含論說文寫作(essay)。

◎ 寫作綜合測驗Writing and Language Test

◎ 數學(無計算機)Math Test (No Calculator)

◎ 數學(有計算機)Math Test (Calculator)

##### PSAT分數如何計算？

PSAT 分數計算方式：（閱讀 38+寫作綜合 38）×10=760 + 數學 38×20=760，總分 1520 分。