PSAT Information

PSAT

PSAT Resources:

College Board: PSAT Redesign Facts (Slide 37)
College Board: PSAT Test Layout and Scoring


The PSAT/NMSQT in 2015

The College Board will be making content, format and scoring changes to the PSAT in 2015 to reflect the changes to the SAT in 2016. The redesigned PSAT test will closely reflect the new SAT and is recommended as practice for the SAT by the College Board. It is scheduled to be first administered in the Fall of 2015.

Current PSAT

New PSAT (October 2015)

240

1600

2 hours and 10 minutes

2 hours and 45 minutes

Critical Reading 80
Writing 80
Math 80

Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 800
Math 800

1/4 guessing penalty

no guessing penalty

5 Answer Choices

4 Answer Choices

 

New PSAT Structure

 

Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

Math

Sections

60-minute Reading section
35-minute Writing and Language section

45-minute section (calculator)
25-minute section (no calculator)

Questions

47 Questions (Reading)
44 Questions (Writing and Language)

31 Questions (calculator)
17 Questions (no calculator)

Score Range

200-800

200-800

 Exam Timeline
In addition to the revised PSAT/NMSQT, the College Board is introducing versions of the PSAT targeted specifically for eighth, ninth, and tenth graders as additional preparation for the SAT. As college admissions continue to become more competitive these additional exams will provide ample practice to younger students to prep them to take the SAT in 11th or 12th grade. According to the College Board all exams in the College Board's Suite of Assessments from the PSAT™ 8/9 to the SAT will be "scored using the same scale, providing a powerful tool for measuring growth." However, only the PSAT/NMSQT will have an impact on the National Merit Scholarship.

Grade Level

Season

Exam

11

Fall

PSAT/NMSQT

11

Spring

SAT

12

Fall

SAT