Monday, September 28, 2015

new PSAT

About the New PSAT:

The New PSAT will be a longer test than the old one: It is now 2 hours and 45 minutes. Evidence-Based Reading and Writing in the Reading Test, followed by a Writing and Language Test. There will also be heavy math testing. Bye-bye calculator! The Math Test is now divided into two portions: Math Test – Calculator and Math Test – No Calculator.  Do well on this test and you’ll qualify for some amazing college scholarships!

The New PSAT will have a greater emphasis on the meaning of words in extended contexts and on how word choice shapes meaning, tone, and impact. There will be no guessing penalty. The new PSAT will have a rights-only scoring (a point for a correct answer but no deduction for an incorrect answer; blank responses have no impact on scores)

Scores will be reported on a shared common score scale with the SAT: The scale ranges for the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 scores are 320–1520 for the total score, 160–760 for each of two section scores, and 8–38 for test scores. There will also be subscores for every test, providing added insight for students, parents, educators, and counselors