Compare PSAT 8/9 and ReadiStep

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The tables below compare the PSAT 8/9 to ReadiStep. The PSAT 8/9 is designed for eighth- and ninth-graders. ReadiStep has been discontinued.

The first table compares the major features of ReadiStep and the PSAT 8/9. The second table compares the number of questions and testing times in each part.

Major Features Compared

Comparison of the Major Features: ReadiStep and PSAT 8/9
Category ReadiStep PSAT 8/9

Total Testing Time

2 hours 2 hours and 25 minutes 
Components
  1. Critical Reading
  2. Writing
  3. Mathematics
  1. Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
    • Reading Test
    • Writing and Language Test
  2. Math
Important Features
  • Emphasis on general reasoning skills
  • Emphasis on vocabulary, often in limited contexts
  • Rights-only scoring (a point for a correct answer but no deduction for an incorrect answer; blank responses have no impact on scores)
  • Focus on the knowledge, skills, and understandings that research has identified as most important for college and career readiness and success
  • Greater emphasis on the meaning of words in extended contexts and on how word choice shapes meaning, tone, and impact
  • Rights-only scoring (a point for a correct answer but no deduction for an incorrect answer; blank responses have no impact on scores)
Score Reporting
  • Scale ranging from 3 to 21.
  • Scale ranging from 1 to 7 for Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing.
  • Total Score: Scale ranges from 240 to 1440.
  • Section Score: Scale ranges from 120 to 720, and 6 to 36 on test and cross-test scores.
Subscore Reporting None Subscores on a 1 to 15 scale for every test, providing added insight for students, parents, educators, and counselors.

Test Length and Timing Compared

Comparison of Test Length and Timing: ReadiStep and PSAT 8/9
ReadiStep PSAT 8/9
Component Time Allotted
(min.)

Number of Questions/
Tasks

Component Time Allotted
(min.)
Number of Questions/
Tasks
Critical Reading 40 45 Reading 55 42
Writing 40 50 Writing and Language 30 40
Mathematics 40 36 Math 60 38
Total 120 131 Total 145 120