What's on the PSAT?
The PSAT/NMSQT includes five sections:
       Two 25-minute critical reading sections
       Two 25-minute math sections
       One 30-minute writing skills section
The whole test requires two hours and 10 minutes.
Critical Reading
Two 25-minute critical reading sections = 48 questions
  • 13 Sentence completions
  • 35 Critical reading questions


Two 25-minute math sections = 38 questions
  • 28 multiple-choice math questions
  • 10 Student-produced responses or grid-ins
Students are advised to bring a calculator with which they are comfortable. Students should have basic knowledge of 4 math categories:
  • Numbers and Operation
  • Algebra and Functions
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Data Analysis, Statistics and Probability


Writing Skills
One 30-minute writing section = 39 questions
  • 14 Identifying sentence errors
  • 20 Improving sentences
  • 5 Improving paragraph questions
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.