The PSAT is often referred to as a “preliminary SAT”, and many students take the PSAT to get started with their SAT preparation. In addition, students in the US aim for scholarships based on their PSAT scores as the PSAT is also known as National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test or NMSQT. These scholarships are extremely competitive and only students scoring in the 99th percentile in their respective states become national semifinalists.
While the PSAT and the SAT are similar in many ways, the SAT features harder, advanced questions, and has an optional essay. The PSAT score report is extremely comprehensive and students can get started with SAT preparation based on their performance and scores on the PSAT. If you do poorly on the Writing section of the PSAT, for example, you’ll know it’s time to work on vocabulary or grammar in preparation for the SAT.
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