How to Prepare for PSAT/NMSQT

Know How PSAT/NMSQT is scored

Rights-Only Scoring

1 point for each correct answer

0 points deducted for each incorrect or blank question

Math Grid-ins

You can enter answers as (reduced) fractions or deci-mals

If rounding a decimal, make sure to use every box


160-760 for each test section

320-1520 for the total score

Phone: 615-758-5646

Fax: 615-773-7726




PSAT/NMSQT Test Dates:

Primary—Wednesday, Oct. 11

Saturday, October 14


October 25

Take the 2017 PSAT/NMSQT

How to Sign Up: Guidance Office

Test Day/Date: Wednesday, Oct. 25th, 2017

Time: 8:00 a.m.

Location: MJHS Theatre

Make sure you bring:

Two No. 2 pencils

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For general information about the PSAT/NMSQT, please visit:

Take the practice test in the PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide, available through your counselor or at:

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What to know about the PSAT/NMSQT

2 hours 45 minutes

No penalty for guessing or blank responses

Personalized SAT practice through Khan Academy with students own PSAT/NMSQT scores

Scale ranges for the scores are 320-1520 for the total score

Skills Tested

Reading Test—5 passages, 47 passage-based questions; 60 minutes

In the Reading Test, students will encounter ques-tions like those asked in a lively, thoughtful, evi-dence-based discussion.

Writing and Language Test—4 passages, 44 pas-sage-based questions; 35 minutes

All questions are multiple choice and based on passages.

Some passages are paired with other passages or informational graphics such as charts, graphs, and tables.

No mathematical computation is required

Prior topic-specific knowledge is never tested.

The Writing and Language Test puts students in the active role of an editor who is improving a written passage. Most questions ask students to decide which, if any, of the three alternatives to an underlined part of the passage most improves it.

Math Test—2 Test Sections, 48 questions (40 multiple choice, 8 grid-ins, 2 sections, 70 minutes)

Most math questions will be multiple choice, but some will be student-produced responses (grid-ins)

The Math Test is divided into two portions: Math Test—Calculator and Math Test—No Cal-culator.

Some parts of the test will present students with a scenario and then ask several questions about it.

The Math Test focuses on the math that matters most to college and career readiness. To suc-ceed on the Math Test, students will need to demonstrate mathematical practices, such as problem solving and using appropriate tools strategically.

Calculator Tips

Bring familiar scientific or graphing calculator

Don’t try to use calculator on every question—no question requires one.

Decide how to solve each problem; then de-cide whether to use a calculator.

Make sure your calculator is in good working order and that batteries are fresh.

Students are not permitted to use laptops or other computers, tablets, cell phones, or smartphones, etc. Please reference the student guide for a complete list.

Scores for SAT Suite of Assessments (SAT, PSAT/NMSQT) are reported on a common vertical scale, allowing Educa-tors to measure students progress

Propels students toward college & career readiness

Is cosponsored by the College Board & Na-tional Merit Scholarship Corporation

Serves as entry point to nearly $180 million in scholarship dollars

4+ million students took the PSAT/NMSQT in 2015 to get feedback on their skills and prac-tice for the SAT

Key Facts

Benefits of PSAT/NMSQT

Personalized SAT practice on Khan Academy based on students PSAT/NMSQT answers

Aligned to the SAT

Increased access to additional scholarship pro-viders

Online college and career planning tools

Admission and financial aid information from colleges

Major and career exploration with College Board and Roadtrip Nation.