The PSAT is a âpracticeâ SAT testâsame format as the SAT, but shorter and without the essay. Your PSAT score looks pretty much the same as your SAT score, except it doesnât have the extra zero. Thus, a 49 on the PSAT translates to a 490 on the SAT.
While you donât have to take the PSAT, most kids simply pay the $15 to their counselors and take it in October of their junior year.
Whether you eventually make the ACT or SAT your test of choice, you should certainly take the PSAT as a junior not only because itâs good practice but also because you will get the answer key and your actual test booklet back! This is really useful, because you can see how your pencil work within the booklet (or lack of pencil work â¹) translated into your answersâ¦. and adjust accordingly in the future.
Many schools encourage their sophomores to the take the PSAT as well. Again, you donât necessarily have to take it as a tenth grader, either, but if youâre serious about test prep, you might as well. Â If your school doesnât offer the PSAT to sophomores, or if you are homeschooled, you can take the PSAT at another school. Just go to this link:
Is there a Practice ACT?
There is. Itâs called the ACT PLAN. Shoot, the ACT even has a middle-school version of its test called the ACT EXPLORE.
Few schools offer these tests, though. But if you are interested, visit the ACT PLAN page here: