The PSAT is intended to be a “practice” version of the SAT. It is two hours and ten minutes long and consists of a series of multiple choice questions covering critical reading, math, and writing skills. Although the results of the PSAT scores are not reported to colleges and are not placed on student transcripts, junior year PSAT results are the method by which a student may qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program.
One frequently asked question about PSAT scores is "How important are they?" These scores are intended to provide feedback about how your daughter may perform on future SAT tests. The score report also provides you with estimates of SAT scores. Remember, these estimates show—within a range and on the average—how your daughter may perform on the SAT. Traditionally, Garrison Forest School students’ SAT scores improve considerably from their PSAT scores.Important PSAT Information
- GFS Students take the PSAT at school in mid-October in both their sophomore and junior years.
- Garrison Forest School registers all sophomore and junior students for the PSAT.
- In September, each student will receive an informational letter, including details about the registration process.
- PSAT Results are returned to GFS students in mid-December. Sophomores will receive their scores and an explanation of results in Class Meeting and juniors in Decision Making II. We empower students to take charge of this process by returning scores to them directly rather than mailing them home. At the same time, however, a letter will be sent home to help explain how you can help your daughter to interpret her scores.
- PSAT scores are reported on a scale of 20-80 in three areas: Critical Reading, Math, and Writing Skills.
For additional information, go to the College Board website