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What is the PSAT 8/9? Where is it offered in Washington, D.C.?

Jun 4, 2019

The College Board now offers the PSAT 8/9 to eighth graders and high school freshmen as the first hurdle in the group of tests they call the “SAT Suite of Assessments.”


The PSAT 8/9 is a precursor to the PSAT 10, the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) and the SAT. It sets a readiness baseline, allowing students and parents to pinpoint areas for focused practice. It also helps students determine what they need to work on most so that they’re ready for college when they graduate from high school - and it supports educators as they guide the way.


The PSAT 8/9 assesses your ability to solve problems and use appropriate approaches and tools strategically. The ability to reason logically in a variety of situations, including ones related to career, science, and social sciences, is tested throughout. The PSAT 8/9 includes a portion that allows the use of a calculator and a portion that does not.


Instead of testing you on every math topic there is, the PSAT 8/9 asks you to use the math that you’ll rely on most in all sorts of situations. Questions on the Math Test are designed to mirror the problem solving and modeling you’ll do in:

- college math, science, and social science courses

- future jobs

- your personal life


Why take the PSAT 8/9?


The PSAT 8/9 tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 10 - in a way that makes sense for eighth and ninth graders. It measures what they’re learning, shows them whether they’re on track for college, and lets them know where they need the most improvement. That means students have time to tackle these areas before they take the SAT in high school.


The PSAT is essentially a gateway to doing well on the SAT.  Because the primary aim of the PSAT is to prepare students for the SAT, the two tests share several similarities. As a result, prepping for the PSAT can give you an early sense of what SAT content areas you'll need to strengthen and what strategies and approaches work well for you.


When is the PSAT 8/9 offered in Washington, D.C.?


This fall, the PSAT 8/9 will be offered on October 16, 2019.


How do I prepare for the PSAT 8/9?


If you are interested in taking the PSAT 8/9 in the fall, we begin preparation this summer. Math topics covered in this test prep will also prepare students who are entering Algebra 1, Algebra 2 or Geometry this fall. We start with a comprehensive skills assessment to determine our road map and plan of action. We don’t want to waste time on skills already mastered - we want to focus on what each individual student needs to learn to perform well.


Let’s talk more about getting you confident and prepared for the PSAT 8/9 … Give Mathnasium of Cathedral Heights a call at (202) 888 - 6882 on how we can help your child!