PSAT in Bhopal, GwaliorPreliminary SAT or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is another standardized test which students of 9th or 10th class can appear for. As it PSAT is preliminary SAT, it gives the test takers an idea as to what SAT will be like. PSAT helps the candidates in understanding SAT’s format, type of questions, content and the duration of the exam in a better way. In addition to this, Preliminary SAT also serves as a qualifying test for National Merit Scholarship Program.
PSAT has same section format as of SAT. It has three sections which includes critical reading, math and writing.

PSAT Test Format

Section Duration Number of Questions Content/Skills Covered
Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 60 minutes 47 reading and vocabulary in context
Writing & Language 35 minutes 44 grammar and usage
Math 25 minutes: No Calculator

45 minutes: Calculator

47 heart of algebra, problem solving & data analysis, passport to advanced math, additional topics (geometry, trigonometry and pre-calculus)
Total 2 hours and 45 minutes

Taking PSAT Exam
The PSAT is held only once a year, in October.