The Preliminary SAT (PSAT) is a test conducted by the College Board in the US (the same organization that administers the SAT). It is taken by students across the world who want to get an idea of the SAT format and difficulty level well before they take the actual SAT. In India, many students take the PSAT in Grade 10 or 11. Though there is no compulsion to take this test for admission to colleges in the United States, if you earn a high score on the test you do qualify for National Merit Scholarship and that can provide an important competitive edge during admissions.
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There is no minimum or maximum age limit to give PSAT. Any student who has passed the high school exam is eligible to apply. There are no restrictions in the number of attempts to give PSAT. It is conducted 5 times a year in India- in the month of March, May, August, October, and December.
PSAT has a composite score of 1600. The verbal section and math section are of 800 marks each. There is no penalty for wrong answer.
The total duration of the test is 2 hours and 45 minutes. The structure of the PSAT Exam given below which includes sections, sub-section, time length of each section, number of questions and PSAT Exam Syllabus:
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Students can take the PSAT up to three times during high school.
the PSAT is simply a dress rehearsal for the SAT. While it's true there are a tiny percentage (around 3%) of 11th graders who will take the PSAT and qualify for the National Merit Scholarship, it's important to remember that PSAT scores are not used in the college admissions process
The PSAT and the SAT are almost identical. The PSAT is fifteen minutes shorter than the SAT, doesn't include an essay, and is scored on a slightly different scale. Otherwise, the PSAT has the same question types and tests the same knowledge areas as the SAT. By prepping for the SAT, you are prepping for both tests!