The best way to prepare for PSAT/NMQST is to know the format in which the questions are presented.Once you know the format, you can make a  schedule that lets you prepare for each section, with time to focus extra attention on the subject areas that need time.The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) include five sections:
  • Two 25-minute critical reading sections
  • Two 25-minute math sections
  • One 30-minute writing skills section

The whole test requires 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Critical Reading
  • Two 25-minute critical reading sections = 48 questions
  • 13 Sentence completion
  • 35 Critical reading questions
  • Two 25-minute math sections = 38 questions
  • 28 multiple-choice math questions
  • 10 Student-produced responses or grid-ins
Note: It is advised to bring your own  calculator. Students should have basic knowledge of the four math categories:
  1. Numbers and Operation
  2. Geometry and Measurement
  3. Data Analysis, Statistics and Probability
  4. Algebra and Functions (but not 3rd year level math that may appear on the new SAT)
Writing Skills
  • One 30-minute writing section = 39 questions
  • 5 Improving paragraph questions
  • 14 Identifying sentence errors
  • 20 Improving sentences
Multiple-choice questions asses the ability of an individual to express ideas effectively in standard-written English, to recognize errors in usage and structure, and to use language effectively.
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