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College and Career Readiness

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Carol Young
Coordinator - Counseling & College and Career Readiness
(916) 566-1600 x33114

Daniel Cisneros
Social Emotional Counselor
(916) 566-1600 x33222

Denise Silas-Gaston
Administrative Clerk - Senior
(916) 566-1600 x33224

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What is the PSAT?

The Preliminary SAT (PSAT) is a test that helps students practice for the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test).

Why take the PSAT?

Taking the PSAT provides test practice and score feedback that will help plan for the SAT—you have nothing to lose and much insight to gain!

How does the PSAT differ from the SAT?

The current PSAT has the same three sections as the SAT:  Math, Critical Reading and Writing (grammar multiple choice - no essay). All sections are comparable but each section on the PSAT is slightly shorter than those on the PSAT.

The PSAT score is not a prerequisite for any college, however the scores may be used by some scholarship qualifying criteria.

How do I register for the PSAT exam?

All 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th grade students in Twin Rivers will take the PSAT test FREE of charge on Oct. 10, 2018. Online registration is not available.

How long does the exam last?

The time allotted for the PSAT is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

What should my student bring to the exam?

Students will need two No. 2 pencils with erasers, an approved calculator and a valid photo ID. Click for a test day checklist:  https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/taking-the-tests/test-day-checklist

How long does it take to get my scores back?

Score reports are available online through the student’s College Board account in December.

How can parents help students prepare for the PSAT?

At Khan Academy, you can access thousands of questions approved by the College Board, take four official practice tests, and create personalized study plans based on your results. Click for more information and to take practice tests: 

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/practice