On Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1,135 underclassmen at Marjory Stoneman Douglas took the PSAT. This is the first batch of underclassmen to take the new PSAT. There have been various changes made to the PSAT.
Among the changes are things such as time, number of sections and scoring. The amount of time given to students PSAT before was two hours and ten minutes but now, new test takers are given an extra thirty-five minutes. On the old PSAT there were three sections: Reading, Writing, and Math. In the newer PSAT, there are only two sections: Math, and then Reading and Writing are combined into one section. The PSAT scoring scale used to range from 60-240 and now range from 8-38. This scale allows educators to view students’ progress overtime.
Other things that have changed are that there is no penalty for wrong answers. There is also an elaboration on the meaning of words in certain contexts.
“I like that points don’t count against you for wrong answers,” sophomore Laura said.
It seems that for students some of these changes are in their favor, and others they aren’t so fond of.
“Even though, we were given more time, I wish that there we had about five extra minutes in each section,” sophomore Emma said.
Here’s a chart comparing the new and old PSAT, provided by college board.org:
|Category||Pre-2015 PSAT/NMSQT||New PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10|
|Total Testing Time||2 hours and 10 minutes||2 hours and 45 minutes|
||Scores will be reported on a shared common score scale with the SAT: The scale ranges for the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 scores are 320–1520 for the total score, 160–760 for each of two section scores, and 8–38 for test scores.|
|Subscore Reporting||None||Subscores for every test, providing added insight for students, parents, educators, and counselors|