Every question on the PSAT counts! Do you think I am exaggerating? Would you like proof? Take a look at these scales from the 2008 Saturday PSAT:
MATH:
38 – 80
37 – 75
36 – 72
35 – 70
34 – 68
WRITING:
39 – 80
38 – 76
37 – 73
36 – 71
35 – 69
CRITICAL READING:
48 – 80
47 – 80
46 – 78
45 – 77
44 – 75
43 – 74
42 – 71
40 – 69
As you can see, one missed Math question will cost you 50 points! One missed Writing question will cost you 40 points! The Critical Reading scale for the 2008 Saturday PSAT was a little more generous. But even so, two missed questions would cost you 20 points.

The scales are even harsher than they seem. This is because of the so-called “guessing penalty.” Every wrong answer costs you .25 of a point. So if you miss three questions you are actually charged with four wrong answers. So on the 2008 Saturday PSAT three wrong math questions equaled a 680; three wrong Writing questions equaled a 690; and three wrong Critical Reading questions equaled a 750.

I rest my case. Every question really does count. Our Insider Test Prep materials are specifically designed to help you answer the tough Level 4 and Level 5 questions that can make all the difference in your scores. So be sure to go to our PSAT Prep Center and study each of our four PDF files. Remember, EVERY QUESTION COUNTS!

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