Just like the SAT, the  PSAT includes two sections—Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and Math—comprised of three tests: Reading, Writing & Language, and Math. There is no Essay. Here's what you can expect on each test section.

What's on the PSAT?

Reading Test
  • 47 multiple-choice questions
  • 60 minutes
  • Questions based on passages or pairs of passages:
    • literature
    • historical documents
    • social sciences
    • natural sciences
  • Tests reading comprehension, command of evidence, vocabulary in context, and analytical skills
Writing & Language Test
  • 44 multiple-choice questions
  • 35 minutes
  • Questions based on non-fiction passages and arguments with topics on:
    • careers
    • history
    • social studies
    • the humanities
    • science
  • Tests grammar, vocabulary in context, and editing skills
Math Test
  • 48 questions (most are multiple-choice but some are student-produced response questions, or "grid-in" questions )
  • 70 minutes
  • Questions divided into two portions: Calculator and No Calculator
  • Tests algebra I and II, geometry, and some trigonometry

Because the PSAT and SAT are almost identical tests, the most efficient way to prep for the PSAT is to prep for the SAT. Our SAT programs will help you prep for both the PSAT and the SAT, so you excel on both exams.