What is the PSAT?

The Preliminary SAT®, or PSAT® for short, is basically a primer for the SAT, and even the ACT. You may have seen this test called the PSAT 10 or PSAT/NMSQT as well. The PSAT 10 is taken by only 10th-grade students and is not considered for the National Merit Scholarship program, whereas the PSAT/NMSQT is the qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship (NMSQT stands for National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test). The National Merit Scholarship is a prestigious honor for the college application process, and some of the highest scorers on the PSAT may qualify for scholarship awards.

WHAT IS LogicPrep’s strategY for the Psat?

At LogicPrep, we encourage students to prepare for the PSAT to build a foundation of academic and test taking skills that will be essential to succeed on the SAT and ACT.

What content is covered on the Psat?

The PSAT and SAT are very similar. However, the  PSAT is 15 minutes shorter than the SAT and does not include an essay section. The test consists of four sections total: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing & Math, with and without a calculator.

Who takes THE PSAT?

Because the PSAT is a preliminary SAT test, Sophomores and Juniors will take the PSAT. The PSAT 10 is taken only by 10th-grade students. The PSAT/NMSQT is taken by 10th & 11th-grade students.

What is the format of the Psat?

Test Section Content Questions Time Allotted
Reading Reading & vocabulary 47 multiple-choice 60 minutes
Writing & Language Grammar & usage 44 multiple-choice 35 minutes
Math (Non-Calculator) Algebra, geometry, trig; problem-solving & analysis 13 multiple-choice, 4 grid-in 25 minutes
Math (Calculator) Algebra, geometry, trig; problem-solving & analysis 27 multiple-choice, 4 grid-in 45 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes

How is the Psat scored?

Both the Math & Verbal sections are scored on a scale of 160–760, which means a perfect score is 1520.

When is the Psat offered?

The PSAT/NMSQT is offered every year in October. The PSAT 10 is typically offered in the Spring of 10th grade. We recommend checking with your school to find out which date(s) the test is offered in your area.