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Posted: March 3, 2020

All 10th Graders to Take the PSAT for Free in April

Taking the PSAT 10 is a great way to find out how ready you are for college and career.

Just as importantly, taking the PSAT 10 connects you to College Board programs and services that can propel you toward the opportunities you’ve earned through your own hard work. 

The testing window for the PSAT 10 is April 17-24. Check with your school to find out when sophomores will be taking the test. 

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What to Expect When Taking the PSAT 10

  • No Penalty for Guessing: Scoring is straightforward -- points for correct answers only.
  • Everyday Words: The PSAT tests the words students will encounter after high school.
  • Essential Math: The PSAT tests the math students will need whatever major or career they choose.
  • College & Career Planning Benefits: Your personalized College Board account connects you to colleges and scholarship programs.
  • Personalized Practice on Khan Academy: Official practice on Khan Academy is free for all students.
  • AP Course Recommendations: The PSAT score report will suggest AP® courses that are a great match for students.

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How the PSAT Is Organized

Activities Collect electronic devices, distribute materials, read scripts, etc.  30 minutes 
Section 1 Reading (47 questions)  60 minutes 
Section 2 Writing & Language (44 questions)  35 minutes 
Section 3 Math Without Calculator (17 questions) 25 minutes  
Section 4 Math with Calculator (31 questions) 45 minutes  
Total  139 questions  3 and a half hours with brief breaks 

What to Bring on Test Day 

  • An acceptable calculator for use on the Math Test –Calculator portion of the test (list of acceptable calculators)
  • A bag or backpack (which must be stored away during testing)
  • Snacks and drinks (which must be under your desk during testing)

Electronic Device Policy

Students may not bring cell phones, smart-watches, or other electronic devices of any kind other than approved calculators with them on test day (an exception may apply for medically required devices).

If, however, students forget to leave a device at home, they will be instructed to turn it off and store it away from the testing area for the entire test, including breaks.

If a device makes a noise while in a student's possession or if a student is seen with a device at any time, including during breaks, the student will be dismissed immediately and the test will be invalidated.


Talk to your College & Career Counselor at your high school or email .

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