PSAT Preparation

The PSAT is the Preliminary SAT. This test mirrors the SAT in subject matter, but is shorter and has no bearing on a student’s university admission, although it may be an indicator of how strong an SAT score you can expect. Outside of the US, the PSAT is only used as a preparation tool for the SAT.

The test is two hours and 10 minutes in duration.

Please see below for a breakdown of the PSAT test:

Section Length Question types Specific Content Tested
Critical Reading Two 25-minute sections. 48 questions total. 50 Questions (multiple choice) Computation, Geometry, Algebra, Mathematical Concepts  
Math Two 25-minute sections. 38 questions total. 60 Questions (multiple choice) 30 Synonyms, 30 Analogies Numbers and Operation, Algebra and Functions, Geometry & Measurement Data Analysis, Statistics and Probability
Writing One 30-minute section. 39 questions total 40 Questions (multiple choice) ~ 7 Reading Passages  

For more information about the PSAT, please visit the College Board website

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