PSAT - The Preliminary SAT or NMSQT Qualifying Test, controlled by the College Board and co-sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in the US is a regular test preparation taken every year by about 3.5 million students. Composed of only Math and Verbal sections prior to 1997, the PSAT's verbal section received double its weightage to allow a combined score of 240 points. Partially derived from the discontinued test of Standard written English (TSWE), is the writing skills section introduced in 1997.
PSAT – Test Information
PSAT – the Preliminary SAT is a great introduction for the SAT and even the ACT, and it's more like a trial run. This nationwide multiple choice test is taken by more than 3.4 million school students – mostly juniors and sophomores, every year, in October.
The PSAT has two sections:
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing.
Students encounter passage-based questions—accompanied by charts, graphs, tables, math problems on Trigonometry, Algebra and Geometry.
Each section is scored on a scale of 160–760, working out to a "perfect" score of 1520. Apart from these there are also test scores, cross-test scores and sub scores. Student with the highest scores makes for the National Merit Recognition. How well a student can prepare for SAT or ACT depends on PSAT score.
Frequency of the test – 1 time/year
Duration of the test – 2 hours and 45 minutes
Max score – 1520
PSAT - Format, Structure, and Question Types
Total testing time - 2 hours and 45 minutes. The breakdown sections are as follows:
Evidence based reading & writing
Reading - 60 minutes, writing 35 Minutes, 47 questions, Reading and vocabulary
Writing – 35 minutes, 44 questions, Grammar and usage
Math – 45 minutes – calculator-optional, 25 minutes – no calculator section, heart of Algebra, problem solving, data analysis, advanced math, geometry, trigonometry and pre-calculus