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PSAT Reading Test

Quick Facts

  • The Reading component contains 47 questions and takes 60 minutes to complete.
  • All Reading Test questions are multiple choice and based on passages.
  • Some passages are paired with other passages.
  • Informational graphics, such as tables, graphs, and charts, accompany some passages — but no math is required.
  • Prior topic-specific knowledge is never tested.
  • The Reading Test is part of the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section.
  • Additional information on the PSAT Reading Test.

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PSAT Writing and Language Test

Quick Facts

  • The Writing component contains 44 items  and takes 35 minutes to complete.
  • All questions are multiple-choice and based on passages.
  • Some passages are accompanied by informational graphics, such as tables, graphs, and charts — but no math is required.
  • Prior topic knowledge is never tested.
  • The Writing and Language Test is part of the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section.
  • Additional information on the PSAT Writing Test.

Go directly to Writing and Language sample questions.

PSAT Math Test

Quick Facts

  • The Math Test is divided into two portions: Math Test – Calculator and Math Test – No Calculator.
  • The No Calculator component has 20 items and takes 25 minutes to complete.
  • The Calculator component has 28 items and takes 45 minutes to complete.
  • Most math questions will be multiple choice, but some — called grid-ins — ask you to come up with the answer rather than select the answer.
  • Some parts of the test include several questions about a single scenario.
  • Additional information on the PSAT Math Test.

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