Vogel Prep offers you the opportunity to finish the year strong with our AP Exams, SAT Subject Tests, SATs, ACTs, and Final Exam preparation Classes. These classes are usually 6 weeks long and will have 3-10 students. We also offer boot camps during the summer months.

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The PSAT (Preliminary SAT) is a three-part exam that is very similar to the SAT (rSAT). It should not be taken lightly, as the PSAT is generally the first indicator that colleges and universities use for recruitment, scholarship, and placement purposes. This class is ideal for Sophomores and Juniors, who have not taken an ACT or SAT. It will familiarize students with the basic techniques for test preparation for standardized tests. To learn more about the PSAT, click here.

When do I take the test? +

Most students take the PSAT in the fall of their junior year in high school. In addition, some students choose to take it during their sophomore year, which is strongly encouraged as a dry run for the Junior year. However, only scores on the PSAT during your student’s junior year are used to determine National Merit Scholars who qualify for merit-based scholarships distributed throughout the United States.

How do I register? +

You must sign up for the PSAT at your high school. The PSAT is administered during October of every school year. There is a fee associated with taking the PSAT, but there are fee waiver opportunities for certain students and some schools pay for their students to take the test.

What is the test’s structure? +

The PSAT consists of one 60-minute Reading section, one 35-minute Writing and Language section, followed by two math sections: one 25-minute without calculator and one 45-minute with calculator. Each section will have a score that will range from 160 to 760. The overall scores will be on a scale from 320 to 1520. The new PSAT will not pair up exactly with the SAT, as the scales are not the same. The SAT will have a scale from 400 to 1600. This indicates a higher level of difficulty on some of the questions.

Should I prepare for the PSAT even though my score does not go to colleges? +

For most students, the answer is yes! An exceptional performance on the PSAT can lead to recognition and scholarships. The PSAT/NMSQT is the test used to qualify students for National Merit Scholarships. Furthermore, preparing for the PSAT can help identify areas of relative strengths and weaknesses far enough in advance so that a student can take proactive steps to earn higher SAT scores. Also, preparing for the PSAT is essential preparation for the future SAT. Taking the SAT early gives students a significant competitive advantage over their peers. Finally, we have found that the best way to maximize test scores is to use a step-up process. By preparing for the PSAT, one takes the first step toward achieving the highest possible SAT scores.

How high must my PSAT scores be to qualify for a National Merit Scholarship? +

The actual score varies from year to year and from state to state. A good estimate based on the new PSAT for Arizona kids should to be in the range of 1480 or above. This would have been the equivalent of being in the top 4% for Arizona. Of the approximately 1.5 million students who take the PSAT annually, about 50,000 (approximately 4%) receive National Merit Scholarship recognition. Of those, approximately 34,000 receive letters of commendation. The other 16,000 become semifinalists. Not surprisingly, most semifinalists become finalists. In fact, about 15,000 students are rewarded. As many as 11,000 students receive financial awards, worth a total of $50 million for undergraduate study. All students who receive such recognition can list this outstanding accomplishment on their college applications. For more information on the National Merit Scholarship process please see our handout here.



The SAT is one of two standardized tests used by colleges as part of their admission requirements. The SAT measures language skills in both reading and writing as well as math reasoning skills. It is used for admission and scholarship eligibility at most colleges and is required by the NCAA for those athletes who hope to compete in sports once they are accepted into college.

The SAT Subject Tests, (formerly SAT II), consists of more than 20 subject areas and are achievement tests designed to measure subject area knowledge. Many colleges use the Subject Tests for admission, for course placement, or to advise students about course selection but only some selective colleges and universities require them. These can be taken the same dates as the SATs, except in March when there are no SAT Subject Tests administered. For more information on SAT Subject Tests, click here.

When does my student take the test? +

The SAT is administered in August, October, November, December, March, May, and June of each school year. Most students take the SAT during the second semester of their junior year.

The best rule of thumb with the SAT is: “the earlier and more often, the better.” To see test dates for the current academic year, click here.

How many times can my student take the test? +

Students can take the test multiple times without penalties, but we recommend students take the exam no more than three times.

How is it scored? +

The new SAT does not penalize students for wrong answers. Scores on each section range from 200-800 points. The scores from each section are combined, and the highest possible combined score is 1600.

What should my student bring to the test? +

Your student should bring an approved calculator, a snack, water, pencils, his or her ticket, and a picture ID. Do not bring a phone.

Which calculators are approved? +

Calculators permitted while testing are graphing calculators, scientific calculators, and four-function calculators (not recommended). The following devices are NOT permitted as a calculator: laptop or a portable/handheld computer, pocket organizers, cell phone calculators, calculators with QWERTY keypads (e.g., TI-92 Plus, Voyage 200), and calculators that use electrical outlets, make noise, stylus or have a paper tape. For more specific information, read the calculator policy here.

What are the costs of the test? +

The test costs change year by year. In fall of 2019, it was either $64.50 or $49.50, depending on whether you take the test with the essay or without. A late registration fee is available after the regular registration dates but it adds $30 to the cost. After the late registration deadline there is still a chance to take the test if you get into a wait-list. This wait-list fee is an additional $53 and will only be charged if you are able to take the test.

Can I change a date once registered? +

Yes, life situations may keep your student from being able to meet a previous commitment and, thus, you may need to change a date. The College Board will charge a change date fee that, at the present time, is $30.

Can I get a copy of the test? +

Yes, you may order the Question and Answer Service (QAS) for $18 within five months of the date in which the test was taken but ONLY for the following test dates: October, March, and May.

What is the Student Answer Service (SAS)? +

This is an additional service ($13.50) that lists all questions of the test taken and it list whether the student answered the question correctly, incorrectly or omitted. it also states the level of difficulty. This is a very valuable tool. We highly recommend that all students trying to get some SAT test preparation and retaking the test to get this service. It is available with all test dates. However, the results from this report might not be available until after the next test date.

What is the registration schedule for the current academic year, and when should I start preparing? +

Here is a brief summary of the test dates for the current academic year and our suggested start date to prepare based on an average 10-week preparation time. Call us at least 10 to 12 weeks ahead of the test date to get a diagnosis of what is needed for your particular case and to be able to get you into our schedule.