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Test Prep

Thinking about taking the PSAT? We can help you understand and prep for the test.

teen readingThe PSAT—or preliminary SAT— is usually taken in fall of your junior year and is great practice for the SAT. If you score high on the PSAT, you can compete for a National Merit Scholarship.  Because the PSAT tests the same things as the SAT and qualifies you for a scholarship, some students feel a lot of pressure and anxiety to get a high score.

But you don’t have to panic about the PSAT. We have all the PSAT resources, strategies, and tips to help you get your best score, without trying to learn everything before the test. Dr. Gary Gruber and your other test-prep mentors are ready to help you master the PSAT (and maybe even try for a National Merit Scholarship).

The #1 Most Important PSAT Tip from Dr. Gary Gruber

Learn some specific  PSAT strategies  
Many PSAT test-prep programs try to use quick-fixes or memorization. Memorization does not help you answer a variety of the questions you’ll see on the PSAT. Strategies help you “process” think, helping you avoid a fast, rushed, and wrong answer.

Rather than memorizing how to solve one problem, you should learn strategies that help you solve hundreds of PSAT problems.

PSAT Overview

Here’s a quick overview of the structure of the PSAT and the content covered. For more details on the PSAT, check out these Frequently Asked Questions about the PSAT.

Section

Time

Types of Questions

Critical Reading
(2 sections)

Two 25-minute sections

Sentence completion—13 questions
Reading passages—35 questions

Writing
(1 section)

One 30-minute section

Identifying sentence errors—14 questions
Improving sentences—20 questions
Improving paragraphs—5 questions

Math
(2 sections)

Two 25-minute sections

Regular math—28 multiple-choice questions
Grid-ins (student-produced responses)—10 grid-in questions

Total time: 2 hours and 10 minutes, no breaks