PSAT

What is the PSAT?

The PSAT is given each year by schools in October. For Juniors, this is the test that can qualify students for the National Merit Scholarship. Some schools, districts, and states also administer PSAT 10 for sophomores for additional practice. This can take place between February and mid-April.

Scoring well on the PSAT opens the door to scholarships, kicks off the college admissions process, and helps you get ready for the SAT® and ACT®. And a great score starts with our PSAT course —you can download a free TEST and check the solutions. After that if you like, Register for our PSAT PREP course.

PSAT PREP can improve your performance on every part of the test. And, our teachers have created lessons that are interactive, so prepping is easier and more fun.

PSAT Official Practice Test and Explanations

Taking a PSAT practice test is one of the most important parts of your preparation for the PSAT. In the weeks before the test, you should set aside about 3 hours to take a PSAT practice test. In addition, you’ll want 2-3 hours minimum to review your performance, and use answers and explanations to target your weaknesses before test day.

Here’s how you can take a free full-length practice test and get access to expert answers and explanations as part of our free PSAT PREP help. Thereafter, enroll for our PSAT + SAT study plan.

Taking a Full-Length PSAT Practice Test

  1. Download and take the practice test. You can access the official College Board PSAT Practice Test #1 at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/psat-nmsqt-practice-test-1.pdf
  2. Score your test, by checking the answers. Once you’ve completed the test, click here to get full answers and explanations.

The PSAT is 2 hours and 45 minutes long and tests your skills in Reading, Writing, and Math. The highest score possible on the PSAT is 1520.

TEST LENGTH QUESTION TYPE
Evidence-Based Reading 60 minutes U.S./World Literature
Social Studies/History
Science
Writing & Language 35 minutes Expression of Ideas
Standard English conventions
Math 25 minutes: No Calculator
45 minutes: Calculator
Heart of Algebra
Data Analysis & Problem Solving
Passport to Advanced Math
Additional Topics in Math

PSAT Practice Test Score

PSAT scoring can be pretty complex. You will receive a score ranging from 10 to 40 on each of the three tests (Reading, Writing & Language, and Math) as well as a score ranging from 160 to 760 for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and for Math. Your overall PSAT score will range from 320 to 1520 and is calculated by adding your two area scores together. Learn more about your what your score means.

Not only does the PSAT help prepare students to take the SAT or ACT, the great thing about the PSAT is that a high score can also open the door to National Merit Scholarships and other awards. With $180 million dollars in scholarships awarded to students who achieve high scores on the PSAT, how you perform on this exam can help you earn scholarship dollars that change the direction of your college planning.