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What is the purpose of the PSATs?

The PSATs give students their first opportunity to gain exposure to a testing format and question type similar to the SAT's.  While the PSAT isn't a perfect indicator of how a student might fare on the actual SAT, it does give students a ballpark of how they might do. Since the PSAT is not involved in the college admissions process, the scores are not sent to colleges.  Additionally, juniors who take the PSAT may qualify for the National Merit Scholarship if their scores are high enough. The PSAT is a test given in October to interested sophomores and juniors.  
Students who took the PSATs this past October should have received an email on December 11th with instructions on creating a College Board account, going to the online score report, and using the access code to view their scores.

To better understand how to interpret the PSAT results, please view this SCORE REPORT VIDEO GUIDE or view this UNDERSTANDING SCORES MANUAL.

To learn more about how to interpret PSAT results, please watch this video made by Ross Wolfson and our friends at Westborough High School!

 

We recommend students visit KhanAcademy for specific SAT test strategies. To connect your CollegeBoard account to Khan Academy, follow these simple steps in the video below.


Advanced Placement (AP) Tests

Advanced Placement Tests are exams that students who are enrolled in AP classes take at the conclusion of those classes.  These might not be factored into the college admissions process, though each college will stipulate on their website if AP scores should be sent.  The benefit of the AP tests is that if a student scores well, the successful completion of the class/exam could count as college credit. For more detail about each college's AP credit policies, please visit the College Board's AP website.