What Is the PSAT/NMSQT?

What Is the PSAT/NMSQT?

PSAT/NMSQT is designed specifically for sophomores and juniors in high school, it’s not nearly as difficult as the SAT. The PSAT/NMSQT can make one qualify for the National Merit competition but only it is taken as a junior and get a high enough score on it. Sophomores may take this test, but are not eligible for National Merit. PSAT/NMSQT is offered only in the fall, typically in October.

The PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9 are all quite similar – their only difference is the slightly ramped up difficulty for each successive test.

The new, redesigned PSAT is   2 hours and 45 minutes long.

Time and number of questions per section:

Section Time Number of Questions
Reading 60 minutes 48 questions
Writing and Language 35 minutes 44 questions
Math 70 minutes 47 questions
Total 165 minutes 139 questions

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