PSAT 8/9: Preliminary SAT for 8th and 9th Grader
The PSAT 8/9 is offered by College Board to eighth graders and high school freshmen. The test is administered between the fall and the spring. There is no fixed dates like SAT for PSAT 8/9. Schools chose the test dates separately. For example in 2018-19, your school may offer the PSAT 8/9 between September 24th 2018 and March 29th 2019 or between April 1st and 26th 2019. Students of Class 8/9 need to consult the school counselor to appear for the PSAT8/9 which is a test for your career readiness.
The PSAT8/9 measures two things
- What you learn from school years
- What you need to succeed in college
The best way to prepare PSAT8/9 is to:
- Take challenging courses
- Do your homework
- Prepare for tests and quizzes
- Ask and answer lots of questions
PSAT 8/9 Test Pattern
The PSAT 8/9 has three sections
In PSAT 8/9 Reading Test students read passages and interpret informational graphics. Then you’ll use what you’ve read to answer questions. The Reading Test measures three things: 1. Command of Evidence, 2. Words in Context and 3. Analysis in History/Social Studies and in Science
- All Reading Test questions are multiple choice type and based on passages.
- Some passages are paired with other passages.
- Informational graphics, such as tables, graphs, and charts, accompany some passages—but no math is required.
- Prior topic-specific knowledge is never tested.
The Reading Test is part of the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section.
Writing and Language Test
In PSAT 8/9 Writing and Language Test you do three things 1. Read, 2. Find Mistakes and Weaknesses and 3. Fix Them. Questions in Writing and Language Test measures following skills: 1. Command of Evidence, 2. Words in Context, 3. Analysis in History/Social Studies and in Science, 4. Expression of Ideas, 5. Standard English Conventions
- All questions are multiple choice and based on passages.
- Some passages are accompanied by informational graphics, such as tables, graphs, and charts—but no math is required.
- Prior topic knowledge is never tested.
- The Writing and Language Test is part of the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section.
The PSAT 8/9 Math Test measures the problem solving and modelling that you will need to do in
College math, science, and social science courses
- The jobs that you hold
- Your personal life
- The Math Test will focus in depth on two of the areas of math
- Heart of Algebra
- Problem Solving and Data Analysis
The PSAT 8/9 Math Test measures three things: 1. Fluency, 2. Conceptual Understanding and 3. Applications
Most math questions will be multiple choice, but some—called grid-ins—ask you to come up with the answer rather than select the answer.
The Math Test is divided into two portions: Math Test–Calculator and Math Test–No Calculator.
Some parts of the test include several questions about a single scenario.
PSAT 8/9 Test 2018-19 Dates
The PSAT 8/9 is administered worldwide by Educational Testing Services (ETS). The US administration dates may differ from International administration dates. See here PSAT 8/9 Test 2018-19 Schedule Dates
PSAT 8/9 Score Report
PSAT 8/9 Score Report is presented on a Scale of Range 240 – 1440. Following given section wise details
Details: Sum of the two sections
Score Range: 240-1400
Section scores (2)
Details: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Math.
score Range: 120 - 720
Test scores (3)
Details: Reading, Writing and Language, and Math.
score Range: 6–36
Cross-test scores (2)
Details: Analysis in History/Social Studies and Analysis in Science. Based on selected questions in the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Tests.
score Range: 6–36
Details: Reading and Writing and Language: Command of Evidence and Words in Context. Writing and Language: Expression of Ideas and Standard English Conventions. Math: Heart of Algebra, and Problem Solving and Data Analysis.
score Range: 1–15
The College Board sends PSAT 8/9 scores to:
- Districts (in many cases)
- States (in many cases)
Some schools also mail a copy of the paper score report directly to parents.