CategoryCurrent PSAT/NMSQTRedesigned PSAT/NMSQT
Total Testing Time*

 

*Subject to research

2 hours and 10 minutes2 hours and 45 minutes 
Components
  1. Critical Reading
  2. Writing
  3. Mathematics
  1. Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
    • Reading Test
    • Writing and Language Test
  2. Math
Important Features
  • Emphasis on general reasoning skills
  • Emphasis on vocabulary, often in limited contexts
  • Complex scoring (a point for a correct answer and a deduction for an incorrect answer; blank responses have no impact on scores)
  • Continued emphasis on reasoning alongside a clearer, stronger focus on the knowledge, skills, and understandings most important for college and career readiness and success
  • Greater emphasis on the meaning of words in extended contexts and on how word choice shapes meaning, tone, and impact
  • Rights-only scoring (a point for a correct answer but no deduction for an incorrect answer; blank responses have no impact on scores)
Score Reporting*

 

*Subject to research

  • Scale ranging from 60 to 240
  • Scale ranging from 20 to 80 for Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing
  • Some scores will be reported on the same scale used for the SAT: this scale ranges from 400 to 1600 for the composite score, 200-800 for two area scores, and 10-40 for test scores
Subscore ReportingNoneSubscores for every test, providing added insight for students, parents, educators, and counselors


Comparison of Test Length and Timing: Current and Redesigned PSAT/NMSQT
Current PSAT/NMSQTRedesigned PSAT/NMSQT
ComponentTime Allotted (min.)# of Questions/ TasksComponentTime Allotted (min.)# of Questions/ Tasks
Critical Reading

50

48

Reading

60

47

Writing

30

39

Writing and Language

35

44

Mathematics

50

38

Math

70

47

Total

130

125

Total

165

138

Comparison of Score Components: Current and Redesigned PSAT/NMSQT
ComponentCurrent PSAT/NMSQTRedesigned PSAT/NMSQT
Composite ScoreN/A1
Area ScoresN/A2
Test Scores3
Cross-Test ScoresN/A2
SubscoresN/A7