Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT)

  • What is the PSAT?

    The PSAT measures skills in two basic areas important for success in college:

    Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) is a combination of the Reading test and Writing and Language test scores. As the name suggests, this test requires students to use evidence in analyzing text and evaluating writing just as they will be required to do in the college classroom and career environment.

    Mathematics questions evaluate students’ ability to apply their knowledge and skills in mathematics through problem solving and modeling similar to what they would encounter in college courses in the sciences.
    Benefits of taking the PSAT include:
    • Preparation for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). On average, students who take the PSAT score higher on the SAT than those who do not take the PSAT.
    • The PSAT Individual Score Report provides students with a standardized view of their scholastic skills and helps them compare their performance to other college-bound students nationwide.
    • Students who take the PSAT test get free access to My College QuickStart, an online college, training center and career planning tool that is customized for each student.
    • The PSAT provides two other important measures:
      •  College Readiness Benchmark - the score measuring both Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing that students should meet or exceed to be considered on track to be college ready.
      • Advance Placement (AP) Potential - an indicator of the AP course or courses in which a student has a high likelihood of success. Schools use this data to encourage students to take AP courses.


    Who takes the PSAT?

    Everett Public Schools offers the PSAT at no cost to all sophomores during the school day.  In addition, students in all other grades can take the PSAT at their own cost on a Saturday. 

    Attention juniors:
    Although the PSAT is provided free of charge to sophomores, it is important that students take the PSAT in their junior year as well. Students who take the PSAT as juniors are automatically entered into scholarship and recognition competitions, including the National Merit Scholarship Program. These scholarships not only help students and families pay for college and training, but they also distinguish students in the post-high school education admission process. 

    When is the PSAT administered?

    The school day PSAT for sophomores will be given on October 10, 2018.

    There are no Saturday PSAT sites in Everett Public Schools, but you may find a location established by the College Board.