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Why choose Kaplan's PSAT Private Tutoring?

Study Around Your Schedule
Private Tutoring works around your schedule. You let us know your availability and we'll match you with an experienced tutor who is available at the same time as you.

Completely Personalised
The sessions with your tutor are customised so that you work on your weakest areas first. As it's just you and your tutor, you won't be held back by the needs of a class and can therefore focus the sessions on you and your score improvement.


Expert Teachers
Our teachers have scored in the 90th percentile or above in all of the exam courses that they teach and take part in a rigorous training programme before they become a Kaplan Teacher.

Targeted Study
We focus the lessons on maximising your study time. We know you're busy, so the lessons concentrate on mastering "must-know" concepts and working through examples so you can use them quickly and effectively on Test Day.


3 Practice Tests
You will be provided with 3 full-length practice tests to help familiarise yourself with the PSAT as well as develop your study plan. The tests will determine which areas you should focus on.


Course Materials
You will receive our PSAT course book, which you will work through during your sessions with your tutor. You will also use this for any homework tasks set and for final review before your test.


Overview of the PSAT

The PSAT is a preliminary version of the SAT - it mirrors the SAT in subject matter, but is shorter and has no bearing on a student’s university admission, although it may be an indicator of how strong an SAT score you can expect. Not only does the PSAT help prepare students to take the SAT or ACT, in the US a great score on the PSAT can also open the door to National Merit Scholarships and other awards. 

The PSAT was redesigned in the fall of 2015 - the newer version is fully aligned with the new SAT debuting in March 2016. The new PSAT will be 2 hours and 45 minutes long, testing your skills in Reading, Writing, and Math. The highest score possible on the PSAT is 1520.

The new PSAT is two hours and 45 minutes long and made up of the following sections:

  • Evidence-based writing: 60 minutes
  • Writing and Language: 35 minutes
  • Math: 70 minutes (25 minutes no calculator / 45 minutes with calculator
First administration of the new PSAT will be in October 2015!

The new PSAT is fully aligned with its SAT counterpart which will be debuting in March 2016.

Below is an outline of the key changes:

  Current PSAT New PSAT (launching oct 2015)
Scoring - Complex scoring
- Point for correct answer
- Deduction for incorrect answer
- Blank responses have no impact on score
- No subscores
- Rights-only scoring
- Point for correct answer
- No deduction for incorrect answer
- Blank responses have no impact on score
- Subscores for every test
Anatomy - Critical reading
- Writing
- Mathematics
- Evidence-based reading and writing test
* Reading test
* Writing and language test
- Mathematics test
Timing - 2 hours 10 minutes - 2 hours 45 minutes