PSAT/NMSQT & PreACT Comparison

  • The PSAT/NMSQT and PreACT are designed to help you prepare for future college entrance exams. Taking these exams help you determine your strengths and areas of improvement as you work toward college and career readiness. Please use the guide below to understand the difference between the PSAT/NMSQT and PreACT.

     

     

    PSAT/NMSQT

    PreACT

    Cost

    $17.00

    $14.00

    Testing Time

    2 hours and 45 minutes

    2 hours 10 minutes

    Grade Levels

    9th, 10th, 11th Grades

    9th, 10th, 11th Grades

    Sections

    Reading (60 min)

    Writing & Language (35 min)

    Math (70 min)

    English (30 min)

    Math (40 min)

    Reading (30 min)

    Science (30 min)

    Important Features

    Helps prepare students for the SAT college entrance exam, which students should begin taking during the Spring of their Junior year

     

    Juniors can qualify for scholarship opportunities based on the score they receive (National Merit & More)

    Scores can be linked with Khan Academy to provide an online study resource for the SAT

    Rights Only Scoring (No Penalty for Guessing)

     

    Key Content Features:

     

    Words in Context-Focus on widely used words/phrases found in texts in many different subjects

     

    Command of Evidence-Interpret, synthesize, and use evidence found in a wide range of sources

     

    Math that Matters Most- Problem solving, data analysis, algebra (linear equations and systems), Advanced Math, geometric and trigonometric skills relevant to college and career

     

    Problems Grounded in Real-World Contexts

    https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/inside-the-test/key-features

    Helps prepare students for the ACT college entrance exam, which students should begin taking during the Spring of their Junior year

     

    Allows students to explore how career aspirations align with interests

     

    Rights Only Scoring (No Penalty for Guessing)

     

    Key Content Features:

     

    English-Measures a student’s understanding of punctuation, usage, and sentence structure, production of writing, and knowledge of language.

     

    Math- Focuses on skills students learn in high school math courses including number & quantity, algebra, functions, geometry, statistics and probability.

     

    Reading- Measures a student’s reading comprehension.

     

    Science- Measures scientific reasoning skills acquired in courses in the natural sciences. Materials are drawn from biology, chemistry, earth/space science, and physics.

     

    Score Reporting

    Total Score: 320-1520

     

    Feedback is provided on where a student falls in their path to achieving college readiness

    Total Score: 1- 35

     

    Feedback is provided on where a student falls in their path to achieving college readiness