# What is PSAT?

PSAT is like ‘mini-SAT’ which is taken by Indian students as a practice test for the SAT exam. The PSAT helps students get familiarized with the concept of standardized testing and offers excellent practice at an early stage- quite unlike the exams they typically experience in school.

Just like the SAT, the PSAT assesses problem-solving skills and subject matter learned in high school in the following three areas: Critical Reading, Math, and Writing. However, it is scored out of a total of 1520, unlike out of 1600 in the SAT.

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### How is PSAT Organized?

**It Is Divided Into Math And English.**

**Length Of The Test 2 hours and 45 minutes**

**PSAT Reading Test:**

47 Questions

60 Minutes

**PSAT Writing & Language Test:**

44 Questions

35 Minutes

**PSAT Math (No calculator):**

17 Questions

25 Minutes

**PSAT Math (With calculator): **

31 Questions

45 Minutes

### How is PSAT Scored?

#### SCORE

#### WHAT IS IT?

#### WHY IT’S IMPORTANT

**Total Score**

1. Sum of your two section scores.

2. Score range: 320-1520

1. Your total score can help you predict how you may score on the SAT.

2. Use the percentile to see how you rank against other test-takers.

3. High scores and percentiles earn National Merit recognition.

**Reading and**

**Writing Score**

1. 1 of 2 section scores.

2. Score range: 160-760

1. See which section you’re acing and where you might need more prep.

2. Use the percentile to see how you rank against other test-takers.

**Math Score**

1. 1 of 2 section scores.

2. Score range: 160-760

1. See which section you’re acing and where you might need more prep.

2. Use the percentile to see how you rank against other test-takers.

#### TOTAL SCORE

#### WHAT IS IT?

1. Sum of your two section scores.

2. Score range: 320-1520

#### WHY IT’S IMPORTANT

1. Your total score can help you predict how you may score on the SAT.

2. Use the percentile to see how you rank against other test-takers.

3. High scores and percentiles earn National Merit recognition.

#### Reading and Writing Score

#### WHAT IS IT?

1. 1 of 2 section scores.

2. Score range: 160-760

#### WHY IT’S IMPORTANT

1. See which section you’re acing and where you might need more prep.

2. Use the percentile to see how you rank against other test-takers.

#### Math Score

#### WHAT IS IT?

1. 1 of 2 section scores.

2. Score range: 160-760

#### WHY IT’S IMPORTANT

1. See which section you’re acing and where you might need more prep.

2. Use the percentile to see how you rank against other test-takers.

### When should I take PSAT?

**The PSAT is held only ONCE a year- in October. Many students take the PSAT in Grade 9, and then again in Grade 10, to measure their improvement. Ideally, a student should take the PSAT in grade 9. The advantage of taking the PSAT early is that the PSAT Score will provide a detailed insight into the student’ s performance- the subject’ s strengths and weaknesses- and can assess his/her performance.**

**The PSAT is conducted on a date that has been predetermined by the ‘College Board,’ the conducting body of PSAT.**

**The primary date is usually a Wednesday of the second week of October.**

**The alternate date is usually a Wednesday of the third week of October.**

**The Saturday test date is usually the second Saturday of October.**

**Each school chooses a test date and informs its students in advance. The PSAT results are usually announced in the month of January.**

## Detailed Syllabus of PSAT

**The PSAT comprises four sections namely Reading, Writing and Language, Math (No calculator), and Math (with calculator) section. Let’ s understand each section in detail.**

#### PSAT Reading:

47 Questions in 60 minutes

**Information & Ideas**

– Close Reading

– Citing Textual Evidence

– Global Inference and Command of Evidence Questions.

Summary

**Understanding Relationship**

– Interpreting words & phrases in context

– Detail, connection & Vocab. In Context Question

**Rhetoric.**

– Analyzing Word Choice, text Structure point of view & purpose

**Synthesis**

– Analyzing Multiple Texts and quantitative info

#### PSAT Writing and Language:

(44 questions in 35 minutes.)

**Expression of Ideas**

– Development Organization & Effective Language Usage.

– Analyzing Graphs

– Standard English Convention

**Sentence Structure**

– Convention of usage

– Punctuation

– Verb Tense

– Subject-verb agreement

– Comma usage

#### PSAT MATH: No calculator:

(17 questions in 25 minutes)

**Heart of Algebra**

– Linear Equation and Inequalities

– Polynomials & Factoring

– Linear Functions and Functions Notation

– Midpoint, Distance in Slope in x-y Plane

**Additional Topics**

– Area & Volume

– Geometrical relationships

– Lines, Angles, Triangles

– Polygons and Circles

– Circle Equation and Graph

– Complex Numbers

– Trigonometric Functions and Graphs

#### PSAT Math-No Calculator

Passport to Advanced Math

– PSAT Math-No Calculator

– Passport to Advanced Math

– Zeros, Factors, and Graph of Polynomials

– Radical, Exponential and Fractional Equations

– Quadratic Equations and Parabola, Vertex form

– Nonlinear System of Equations

– Transformations of Functions and their graphs

#### PSAT MATH With Calculator:

(31 questions in 45 minutes)

**Heart of Algebra**

– Linear Equation and Inequalities

– Polynomials & Factoring

– Linear Functions and Functions Notation

– Midpoint, Distance in Slope in x-y Plane

**Additional Topics**

– Area & Volume

– Geometrical relationships

– Lines, Angles, Triangles

– Polygons and Circles

– Circle Equation and Graph

– Complex Numbers

– Trigonometric Functions and Graphs

#### PSAT Math-No Calculator

**Problem Solving and Data Analysis**

– Ratio, Proportions, Percentages, Rates

– Analyzing Data using graphs and Scatterplots, Two-way tables

– Statistical Measures

– Linear and Exponential Modelling

**Passport to Advanced Math**

– Zeros, Factors, and Graph of Polynomials

– Radical, Exponential and Fractional Equations

– Quadratic Equations and Parabola, Vertex form

– Nonlinear System of Equations

– Transformations of Functions and their graphs

#### PSAT MATH: No calculator:

(17 questions in 25 minutes)

**Heart of Algebra**

– Linear Equation and Inequalities

– Polynomials & Factoring

– Linear Functions and Functions Notation

– Midpoint, Distance in Slope in x-y Plane

**Additional Topics**

– Area & Volume

– Geometrical relationships

– Lines, Angles, Triangles

– Polygons and Circles

– Circle Equation and Graph

– Complex Numbers

– Trigonometric Functions and Graphs

#### PSAT Math-No Calculator

Passport to Advanced Math

– PSAT Math-No Calculator

– Passport to Advanced Math

– Zeros, Factors, and Graph of Polynomials

– Radical, Exponential and Fractional Equations

– Quadratic Equations and Parabola, Vertex form

– Nonlinear System of Equations

– Transformations of Functions and their graphs

#### PSAT MATH With Calculator:

(31 questions in 45 minutes)

**Heart of Algebra**

– Polynomials & Factoring

– Linear Functions and Functions Notation

– Midpoint, Distance in Slope in x-y Plane

**Additional Topics**

– Geometrical relationships

– Lines, Angles, Triangles

– Polygons and Circles

– Circle Equation and Graph

– Complex Numbers

– Trigonometric Functions and Graphs

#### PSAT Math-No Calculator

**Problem Solving and Data Analysis**

– Ratio, Proportions, Percentages, Rates

– Analyzing Data using graphs and Scatterplots, Two-way tables

– Statistical Measures

– Linear and Exponential Modelling

**Passport to Advanced Math**

– Zeros, Factors, and Graph of Polynomials

– Radical, Exponential and Fractional Equations

– Quadratic Equations and Parabola, Vertex form

– Nonlinear System of Equations

– Transformations of Functions and their graphs

#### PSAT preparatory classes.

Total: 60 hours

Total of classes – 22 (12 Verbal and 10 Quantitative classes)

Class duration – 2 hours for Verbal and Quantitative each

Course duration – Two and a half months (One Verbal and Quantitative class a week )

Comprehensive study material and worksheets provided related to all topics.

Trained and experienced faculty.

10 Full Length PSAT mock tests(4 sections+essay) that are exact replicas of original PSAT papers

Exhaustive review and evaluation of the answer sheets

#### How do we go

about it?

Conduct a Diagnostic test

Analyse and evaluate each student on the basis of their diagnostic test scores and set a realistic expectation for scope for improvement. Conduct classes as per the mentioned schedule

Conduct 10 Mock Tests

We assure a minimum increase of 300-400 points increase over the diagnostic score