About the PSAT/NMSQT

Total time: 2 hours 45 minutes

Evidenced-based Reading and Writing section (95 minutes):

-Reading Test (60 minutes, 47 questions)

-Writing and Language Test (35 minutes, 44 questions)

Math section (70 minutes):

-Calculator allowed section (45 minutes, 31 questions)

-No-calculator allowed section (25 minutes, 17 questions)

Total Score: 320-1520

-Reading and Writing Score: 160-760

-Math Score: 160-760


The Preliminary SAT (PSAT) measures your mastery of the skills and concepts learned in high school that are important to success in college.

Like the SAT, the PSAT includes a Reading Test, a Writing and Language Test, and a Math Test. reading and writing section tests students’ ability to comprehend complex written texts and engage the content through evidence-based analysis and rhetoric.

Know What to Expect

Find out more about what kind of questions appear on each section of the SAT and what they test for.

Find PSAT Success With IvyPrep

We at IvyPrep constantly update our material to better help students meet the challenges of the New SAT. Our courses are designed to build and perfect the skills and strategies necessary to succeed on test day. All of our sessions are taught by subject experts who have scored, at minimum, in the 95th percentile or higher on the SAT, and are experts in helping students translate winning test-taking strategies to higher scores.

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