Preliminary 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.