The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test conducted by the College Board that administers the SAT. The PSAT is a great primer for the SAT.


Why Take the PSAT?

While the PSAT does not count towards your college admissions applications, the PSAT offers a powerful starting point to build your foundations for the SAT & ACT and an important guidepost on your college admissions journey. The College Board claims that just twenty hours of practice can raise your score an average of 115 points from the PSAT to the SAT.

  • By taking the PSAT:
  • Get familiar with the question types, format, & testing flow for the SAT.
  • Experience & overcome the time pressure & exam stress that you will encounter in the SAT.
  • Gather insight & obtain an early indicator of your performance & how you need to prepare for the SAT.
  • Plan for college more systematically: Get free access to the comprehensive online college planning tool called My College QuickStart.

PSAT Score Report provides very detailed and meaningful feedback about a student’s strengths and weaknesses in the skills tested on the PSAT. Students can not only see how they performed compared to other students who took the test, but also assess their performance on each question based on difficulty level (easy, medium, or hard).


What is Tested on the PSAT Exam?

PSAT exam is a paper-pencil test with 2 main sections; PSAT Evidence-based Reading & Writing and PSAT Math.

PSAT Reading section has passages based on literature, historical documents, social sciences, and natural sciences. Writing & Language are also passage-based testing Grammar, vocabulary in context, and editing skills. Math sections mainly test Algebra, Arithmetic, Data analysis, Geometry and Trigonometry.

PSAT is a paper-pencil test with a duration of close to 2 hours and 14 minutes. PSAT and the SAT are almost identical tests in terms of the format, question types, and topics. PSAT does not include the essay section.


PSAT Exam Format

Sections No of Questions Duration
Reading and Writing 54 Questions 64 minutes
Math 44 Questions 70 minutes


*PSAT composite score ranges from 320 to 1520 which is the sum of Evidence-based Reading and Writing and Math scores.


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How to register for the PSAT?

The PSAT is generally registered through your school.
If your school is not administering the PSAT, then you can register through USIEF (United States – India Education Foundation)

What is the fee for the PSAT?

The PSAT registration fee for the 2019-20 school year is $17. Some schools may charge students an additional fee to defray the cost of administering the test.

When is PSAT conducted?

The PSAT is offered every year in the month of October. There will be a primary test date and an alternate test date.

Is SAT harder than the PSAT?

Yes, SAT is harder than the PSAT. The sections, question types, topics tested in the SAT and the PSAT are almost similar, but the difficulty level of the questions in SAT is harder than the PSAT.

Is the PSAT important?

The PSAT score is not considered for under grad admissions. However, by preparing for the PSAT and experiencing the test makes the SAT preparation easier.

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