The PSAT/NMSQT at a Glance

The PSAT/NMSQT (or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is a preliminary version of the SAT. The test is 2 hours and 10 minutes long and divided into 5 sections testing your skills in Math, Critical Reading, and Writing. Each section on the PSAT has a scaled score from 20-80 points.

Section Length Question Types
Math Two, 25-minute sections 28 Multiple Choice
10 Grid-Ins
Critical Reading Two, 25-minute sections 13 Sentence Completions
35 Reading Comprehension
Writing One, 30-minute section 14 Identifying Sentence Errors
20 Improving Sentences
5 Improving Paragraphs

Not only is the PSAT great practice for taking the SAT or ACT, a great score can also open the door to National Merit Scholarships and other awards. Find out more about why you should take—and prepare for—the PSAT.

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