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Inside the PSAT

Inside the PSAT 8/9

On the PSAT 8/9, you will get a total score between 240 and 1440, which is the sum of the two section scores in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math that each range from 120 to 720. You’ll also get three test scores for Reading, Writing, and Math that each range from 6-36. 

In addition to regular section scores, you'll be given Cross-Test scores which analyze questions across the three subject areas and separate them into a score for Analysis in History/Social Studies and a score for Analysis in Science. Each of these scores ranges from 6-36 as well. The subject areas are broken down into six additional subscores measured on a scale of 1-15.

Reading Test

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-8-9/inside-the-test/reading

 

What's in it?

 

Students will read passages and interpret informational graphics.  The reading test is multiple choice and based on the passages.  

 

The Reading Test always includes

  • One passage from a classic or contemporary work of U.S. or world literature.
  • One passage or a pair of passages from either a U.S. founding document or a text in the Great Global Conversation they inspired. The U.S. Constitution or a speech by Nelson Mandela, for example.
  • A selection about economics, psychology, sociology, or some other social science.
  • Two science passages (or one passage and one passage pair) that examine foundational concepts and developments in Earth science, biology, chemistry, or physics.

What does it measure?

  • Command of evidence 
  • Words in context
  • Analysis of History/Social Science and in Science

 

Math Test

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-8-9/inside-the-test/math

 

The math section has multiple choice questions and grid in answers.

The math portion is divided into two sections: Math with calculator and Math without a calculator.

This section also focuses on linear equations and systems, data analysis and problem solving.

 

  

Writing and Language Test

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-8-9/inside-the-test/writing-language

 

All questions are multiple choice and based on the passages.

Students need to be able to:

               1.  Read

               2.  Identify errors or mistakes

               3.  Fix them.

 

The Writing and Language Test measures:

              1.  Words in Context

              2.  Analysis in History/Social Studies

                   and in Science

              3.  Expression in Ideas

              4.  Standard English Conventions

Key Content Features

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-8-9/inside-the-test/key-features

 

 

  • Words in Context
  • Command of Evidence
  • Math that Matters Most
  • Problems Grounded in Real World Contexts
  • Analysis in Science and in Social Studies/History
  • U.S. Founding Documents and the Great Global Conversations
  • No penalties for guessing