What's on the PSAT?
The PSAT/NMSQT is 2 hours and 45 minutes includes three sections:
       Two 30-minute evidence-based reading sections
       Two 35-minute math sections
       One 35-minute writing & language section
The highest score possible is 1520
Evidence-based Reading
Two 30-minute evidence-based reading sections
  • 5 reading passages or paired passages
  • 47 questions


Two math sections totaling 70 minutes
  • 25 minutes with no calculator
  • 45 minutes with calculator 
  • 47 questions
Question Types:
  • Heart of Algebra
  • Passport to Advanced Math
  • Data Analysis and Problem Solving
  • Additional Topics in Math 


Writing Skills
One 35-minute writing section = 44 questions
4 reading passages 
  • Identifying sentence errors 
  • Improving sentences
  • Improving paragraph 
These multiple-choice questions on writing skills measure a student's ability to express ideas effectively in standard-written English, to recognize faults in usage and structure, and to use language with sensitivity to meaning.