While the PSAT/NMSQT (or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), a preliminary version of the SAT, is not counted on college applications for admission, it is much more than a practice test.
Since 2001, we’ve taken pride in helping scores of students qualify for the elite ranking of National Merit Scholarship Finalist, National Achievement Scholarship Finalist, or Commended Scholar. Success on the PSAT can be a mark of distinction, elevating the competitive candidacy of the student as well as providing the possibility for scholarship funding. What’s more, an effective PSAT preparation course lays the foundation for subsequent success on the SAT and ACT.
Our expert instructors will tailor a tutoring solution to your student’s individual needs while working flexibly with his or her schedule. Preparing for the PSAT now will build a foundation for even greater success when it is time for your student to take the SAT or ACT.
A new version of the PSAT was launched in October 2015 in order to be fully aligned with the new SAT, which debuted in March 2016. The SAT was redesigned in order to assess more directly those skills most relevant to college and career readiness.
The 2016 PSAT will be administered by schools on October 19, October 22, or November 2. The specific date is determined by the respective schools.
Test Format and Structure
|Section||Time||Number of Questions||Content Covered|
|Evidence-Based Reading and Writing||Reading: 60 minutes|
Writing and Language: 35 minutes
|Reading: 47 multiple-choice questions based on passages.|
Writing and Language: 44 multiple-choice questions based on passages.
|Reading: Analysis, words in context, and command of evidence.
Writing and Language: Expression of ideas, words in context, and command of evidence.
-Grammar, usage, diction, sentence structure, idiomatic expressions.
|Math||70 minutes |
Calculator portion: 45 minutes
No calculator: 25 minutes
|48 questions |
Calculator: 27 multiple-choice questions and 4 student-produced response problems.
No Calculator: 13 multiple-choice questions and 4 student-produced response problems.
|-Problem Solving and Data Analysis (ratios, proportions, statistical concepts)
-Heart of Algebra (linear equations, inequalities, and relationships)
-Passport to Advanced Math (non-linear equations)
-Additional topics (angles, triangles, area, volume).
Each section is scored between 160 to 760, for a possible score range of 320 to 1520.
Because there is no penalty for incorrect answers, students should guess even if it means filling in random answer choices.