The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
The PSAT tests the same subjects as the SAT and has the same question types, but is structurally different. Unlike the SAT, which has an essay and nine multiple choice sections, the PSAT includes five sections:
Two 25-minute critical reading sections
Two 25-minute math sections
One 30-minute writing skills section
The whole test requires two hours and 10 minutes to complete, in contrast to the four hours needed to finish the SAT.
Because the SAT and PSAT are so similar, SuperScore's SAT class can also accommodate students studying for the PSAT. The questions asked on the PSAT are exactly the same as those asked on the SAT, and it would not be surprising to find PSAT questions in the SAT.
Students who do well on the PSAT have a chance of getting the National Merit Scholarship. While there is no official cut-off line, in general students who score higher than a 220 out of 240, have a good grade point average, and are heavily involved in extracurriculars receive the scholarship, but students who come close will be officially recognized as Commended Scholars by the National Merit Scholarship organization.
About the SAT
SAT Test Breakdown by Section
About the PSAT
Preparing for the SAT
Before Test Day