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Dr. Donnelly can teach you the correct approach for each type of question that will appear on the PSAT. This will significantly increase your chances of acing your SAT and getting the required score to attend the school of your choice.

Private PSAT lessons with Dr. Donnelly are available either online via Skype for those students living outside of the New York City area or in-person at our Midtown Manhattan office conveniently located at 1460 Broadway, (corner of 41st Street) only one block away from Metro stations for the A, B, C, D, E, F, M, N, Q, R, S, 1, 2, 3, and 7 trains.

Over the years, Dr. Donnelly has helped literally hundreds of students to improve their PSAT and SAT scores significantly and achieve their goal of getting accepted into a top-tier program. We are confident that he can do the same for you.


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About the PSAT/NMSQT

Learn how to Improve your score

The PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is not only the best way to prepare for the SAT but also it can lead to more money for college. The highest performers on this exam are eligible to earn scholarships, and even just becoming a Commended Scholar can be a helpful addition to your application.

You can only take the PSAT once per year, and many students take the test in both 10th and 11th grade. If you earn a high score on the PSAT your junior year, you could qualify to receive a National Merit Scholarship—$180 million dollars in merit scholarships are awarded to students each year.

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  1. About the PSAT
  2. Contact Dr. Donnelly about PSAT lessons
  3. Read our PSAT students' reviews
  4. The PSAT - Section by Section
    1. Evidence-based Reading Section
    2. Writing and Language Section
    3. Math (no calculator) Section
    4. Math (calculator allowed) Section

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Overview of the PSAT

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The PSAT Exam

The PSAT is 2 hours and 45 minutes long and tests your skills in reading, writing, and math. Unlike the SAT, the highest score possible on the PSAT is 1520. You will receive a composite score, two section scores, and a variety of subsection scores.

Most students will take the PSAT/NMSQT in October. There are also some other exceptions that vary by region—check with your counselor to confirm your PSAT test date. 10th graders who will be taking the PSAT 10 can expect to test between February and April.

PSAT Scores

Each correct answer on the PSAT counts as one point toward your raw score. Remember, there’s no penalty for guessing on the PSAT, so answer every multiple-choice question even if you have to guess. Next, your raw score will be converted to your scaled score. This scaled score will range from 160 to 760 for each of the scored section including Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math (there is no essay on the PSAT). Your composite score is the combination of this scaled score from each section, so your composite score will range from 320 to 1520.

You will also be shown two percentile ranks comparing you to other students in your grade. These percentiles show how well you did compared to other test takers. If you scored in the 72nd percentile, for example, you did better than 72% of all test takers. The Nationally Representative Sample percentile score compares your scores to those of typical U.S. students in your grade (whether or not they’ve taken the PSAT), and the User Percentile—National percentile score compares your scores to those of typical U.S. PSAT test takers in your grade. Ask your counselor for more information about percentiles or anything else on your PSAT score report.

The test itself includes four timed sections. Click on links below to learn more about.

i. Evidence-based Reading,

ii. Writing and Language,

iii. Math (no calculator).

iv. Math (calculator allowed).

Evidence-Based Reading Section of the PSAT

Evidence-Based Reading Section of the PSAT<

The Evidence-Based Reading section of the PSAT lasts 60 minutes and contains 47 questions. Your score on this section will range from 80-380.

This section tests your ability to read a passage, think critically about its main ideas and key details, and answer related questions. These questions will test concepts like command of evidence, words in context, and analysis in history/social studies and science.

Command of evidence questions will provide 4 excerpts from the passage and ask you to determine which one provides the best evidence for the previous question. Questions about words in context will focus on secondary word meanings.

The Reading Test includes passages related to literature, history and social studies, and science. Some PSAT questions will ask you to examine hypotheses, interpret data presented in a variety of ways, and conduct other analysis that is based only on what is either stated or implied in the passage.

Writing and Language Section of the PSAT

Writing and Language Section of the PSAT

The Writing and Language section of the PSAT lasts 35 minutes and contains 44 questions. Your score on this section will range from 80-380.

This section tests your ability to identify and fix grammatical errors as well as revise words and phrases to improve text. Some of the topics within the Standard English Conventions topic include verb agreement, punctuation use, and parallel construction. In the Expression of Ideas category, you'll be tested on the placement of sentences and the purpose of transition words or phrases within the text.

Math Section of the PSAT

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The Math section of the PSAT lasts 70 minutes and contains 47 questions. Your score on this section will range from 160-760.

The math section is split into 2 parts: one that allows calculator use and one does not. There are both multiple choice questions with 4 answer choices and short answer grid-in questions with answer choices that include digits 0–9, the period/decimal point (.), and the division/fraction bar (/). Some questions include 2 related parts where information from the first part is used to answer the question in the second part.

i. Math (No Calculator)

This section last 25 minutes and contains 20 questions. It contains both multiple choice and grid-in questions.

ii. Math (Calculator Allowed)

This section last 50 minutes and contains 47 questions. It contains both multiple choice and grid-in questions.

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