What is the PSAT?


Jaymee Garcia, Reporter

The PSAT is a comprehensive assessment program that measures college and career readiness by measuring each student’s skills in the following academic areas: reading, writing and language, and math. It also provides students with tools they need to start planning for their future. The test is administered annually in schools and takes approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes. Approximately 3.8 million students, primarily 10th and 11th-graders, take the PSAT each fall. Why should you take the PSAT? The PSAT will prepare students for the SAT exam. It helps target which areas need improvement before taking the SAT.  After receiving their PSAT scores, they will receive a  unique SAT study plan based on their performance. Students receive an interactive score report with answer explanations, their projected SAT score, and feedback on their readiness for AP courses. They are also connected to resources that allow them to search for colleges, explore majors and careers. Testing in the 10th grade provides early feedback while there is still time to plan and prepare. Where and when? The PSAT will be taken at Cesar Chavez High School on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. It will be proctored by the teachers of Cesar Chavez. How much does it cost to take the PSAT? All sophomores will take the test for free. Everyone else may take the test for free if they qualify for free/reduced lunch or pay $15 to take the exam. Fee waivers are available for eligible juniors. Students would have to speak with their counselor about whether they are eligible or not.