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The 2013 PSAT is over: now what?


Now that the end of October is upon us, juniors have taken the 2013 PSAT, and some students and parents are wondering: what’s next?  If this is you, read on!

With the PSAT finished, it’s time to start thinking about SAT preparation (yes, already).  Many students will take the March 2014 SAT, although some target the January SAT.  AJ Tutoring offers an efficient and effective 9-session SAT program that teaches the content of the math, critical reading, and writing sections of the SAT, and also addresses test-taking techniques and strategies.

The PSAT differs from the SAT in a few ways:

  • The PSAT is scored out of 240 points, while the SAT is scored out of 2400.  To get an approximate SAT score, just add a zero to the end of the PSAT score.  PSAT scores are usually released in December.
  • Colleges consider SAT scores, not PSAT scores, for admission purposes.  However, PSAT scores determine eligibility for the National Merit program.
  • The PSAT is shorter than the SAT — about two-thirds the length.
  • There is no essay on the PSAT, so the writing score on that test is determined solely on the basis of multiple-choice grammar questions.
The PSAT and the SAT are both produced by the College Board and test very similar content.  A student’s PSAT score is generally a good predictor of his or her SAT score.
The SAT is offered on four Saturdays in spring 2014: January 25, March 8, May 3, and June 7.  To register for the SAT, please visit the College Board’s website.
If you’ve already completed AJ Tutoring’s 3-session PSAT tutoring program, you might want to continue on for our full 8 or 9-session SAT program.  In our full SAT program, your tutor will extensively review all content tested on the SAT.  Students who complete the full SAT program will take 3 or 4 full-length practice SAT tests, with the option to take them at AJ Tutoring’s San Jose, Palo Alto, or Menlo Park offices on Saturday mornings.  For more information about how AJ Tutoring’s SAT program can help you get ready for the spring 2014 SAT, check out our website or give us a call at (650) 331-3251.

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