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Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT)


The PSAT test day for students in Grades 9, 10 and 11 at Lake Balboa CP Magnet K-12 is October 13, 2021. 
LAUSD will pay for the cost of the 10th grade PSAT tests.  Lake Balboa CP will pay for the cost of the 9th and 11th grade tests for this year.


  • Scores are available online. Students will receive an email with information about accessing their scores by creating or logging in to their College Board online account. 
  • Paper score reports and test booklets are available in January
  • Nothing is mailed home by College Board or by LBCP
  • Students who qualify for National Merit Semi-Finalist or other awards will be notified in the fall of 12th grade, usually in September 



The PSAT is a standardized test administered by the College Board each year that serves two purposes:

1. The PSAT is a practice SAT college admissions test. After taking the PSAT, students will have an idea of how they may perform on the SAT.

2. The PSAT is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Competition. Juniors must take the PSAT to enter the competition. Taking the PSAT as a sophomore will NOT provide an eligible score for the National Merit Scholarship competition. 



The PSAT is 2 hours and 45 minutes long and tests your skills in reading, writing, and math. Unlike the SAT, the highest score possible on the PSAT is 1520.

The PSAT is made up of four sections: Evidence-Based Reading, Writing and Language, Math (no calculator), and Math (calculator allowed). 

Evidence-Based Reading: 60 minutes to complete 47 questions. Passage genres include World Literature, Social Studies/History and Science. It will test your ability to read a passage, think critically about its main ideas and key details, and answer related questions.

Writing and Language: 35 minutes to complete 44 questions. Topics include expression of ideas and standard English conventions. It will test your ability to identify and fix grammatical errors as well as revise words and phrases to improve text. 

Math: 45 minutes (no calculator) and 45 minutes (with a calculator) to complete 47 questions. Topics included are Algebra, Data Analysis and Problem Solving, and Advanced Math. There are 2 math sections on the PSAT: one allows calculator use and one does not. There are both multiple-choice questions with 4 answer choices and short answer questions. 



(No. 2 Pencils will be provided by Lake Balboa CP)

  • Calculator
  • Extra batteries for your calculator
  • Wear comfortable clothing



Online Practice Tests

2021 PSAT Student Guide

Sample Questions

Kahn Academy practice test