Mount St. Mary freshmen, sophomores and juniors sat for the PSAT test today, October 16, on the national PSAT test date. MSM students are required to sit for this test each year as it is the goal of MSM to ensure that Rocket students are fully prepared for college entrance.
Q&A about the PSAT with the MSM Counseling Office:
What is the PSAT?
The PSAT is a national test that is used to prepare students for the SAT test. Scores from the PSAT are also used to determine awards in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Who takes the PSAT at MSM?
Freshmen take the PSAT as a practice test to get familiar with the test for the future. Sophomores take the test also as a practice and to understand how they will potentially score on the SAT test. Juniors take the PSAT test to once again practice for the SAT, which is used for college entrance and scholarships. The PSAT is also used in the junior year to determine National Merit Scholarships.
What does the PSAT Test?
The PSAT has two sections: Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing. A student will encounter passage-based questions—sometimes accompanied by tables, graphs, and charts—and math problems drawing upon algebra, geometry, and a little trig.
How is the PSAT scored?
Each section is scored on a scale of 160–760, making a "perfect" score 1520. There are also test scores, cross-test scores, and subscores.
Mount St. Mary Catholic High School takes pride in preparing Rocket students for college and helping them feel ready for academic achievements in life! We hope this quick look into what the PSAT is, helps you understand the importance of preparing and practicing for college entrance exams.
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about how MSM prepares students for college, please contact the MSM Counseling Office today!