What’s on the PSAT/NMSQT
Students who know what the PSAT/NMSQT is like do better on test day.
The redesigned PSAT/NMSQT is coming in fall 2015. Check out the changes, understand the structure and timing of the exam, and start getting ready.
The current PSAT/NMSQT includes five sections in three skill areas. Testing time totals 2 hours and 10 minutes. That doesn’t include the time it takes to complete personal information on the answer sheet and listen to instructions.
|Area||Timing||Question Types||Measures how well students|
|Critical Reading||Two 25-minute sections|
|Analyze, evaluate, and think logically about what they read|
|Math||Two 25-minute sections|
Student-produced response (grid-ins)
|Use arithmetic, algebra, and geometry to think logically and solve familiar and unfamiliar problems|
|Writing Skills||One 30-minute section|
Identifying sentence errors
|Express ideas in standard written English, recognize faults, and use language with sensitivity to meaning|