What Is the PSAT?
Don’t just take the PSAT. See where it takes you. The PSAT is much more than a practice test for the SAT. The highest performers on this exam are eligible to earn scholarship money toward their chosen colleges. Do you want to be a scholarship recipient?
About the PSAT
The Preliminary SAT, also known as the PSAT/NMSQT® (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), is a preparatory version of the SAT exam. You can only take the PSAT once per year, and most students take the test in both 10th and 11th grade. If you earn a high score on the PSAT your junior year, you could qualify to receive a National Merit Scholarship—$180 million dollars in merit scholarships are awarded to students each year! Testing your skills in reading, writing, and math, the PSAT is 2 hours and 45 minutes long. Unlike the SAT, the highest score possible on the PSAT is 1520.
Here’s how the test breaks down:
Approx. 48 Questions
World Literature, Social Studies/History, Science
Writing & Language
Expression of Ideas, Standard English Conventions
25 Minutes (no calculator)
45 Minutes (with calculator)
Algebra, Data Analysis & Problem Solving, Advanced Math
Prepare for the PSAT
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Scoring the test
PSAT scoring is complex. Your score will range from 320 to 1520 and is calculated by combining your scores on the Reading, Writing & Language, and Math tests. There is no penalty for wrong answers, so it’s always better to guess if you’re not sure. Find out what makes a good PSAT score.Learn More