The PSAT lets you:

·       Get ready for the SAT.
·      Request information from Colleges and Universities 
·      Access personalized college and career planning resources in My College QuickStart.

 Testing Time: Two hours and 10 minutes (add 35 minutes for administrative duties)

 The PSAT/NMSQTMeasures:

Critical reading, mathematical reasoning and writing skills needed for college readiness. Knowledge and skills developed through a wide range of courses.

Abilityto reason with facts and concepts rather than the ability to recall them.


Scores on a 20 to 80 point scale for critical reading, math and writing skills.

Correct answer= 1 point Omitted question= no points

Wrong answer to multiple-choice questions = minus ¼ of a point.


Two 25 minute critical reading sections that contain a total of 48 questions
13 sentence completions
35 passage-based reading questions
Two 25 minute mathematics sections contain a total of 38 question 
28 multiple choice
10 student-produced responses or grid-ins
One 30 minute writing skills section contains 39 questions:
20 improving sentences
14 identifying sentences errors
5 improving paragraphs

 Reach Your College Goals

Congratulations! Just by taking the PSAT/NMSQT you have already taken a first step toward college. 
What's next? Log in to My College QuickStart to:
  • Search for colleges
  • Explore majors and careers
  • See correct answers and explanations
  • get a personalized SAT study plan
  • Learn about scholarship programs
  • Take a personality test
 Click on the link below to view a powerpoint  advising students on using the feedback provided in the score report and in My College QuickStart to improve their academic skills and plan for college and beyond.
 To view videos on Your Next Steps:  Using PSAT/MNSQT Results Student Video which walks students and parents through the Score Report Plus and My College QuickStart, click on the link below:
On the Collegeboard website, scroll down to the table labeled After the Test:  Interpreting Results, Click on the first video Resource.
My College QuickStart is an online college and career planning kit available free of charge to all students who take the PSAT/NMSQT. It is personalized based on your test performance and is a valuable part of your PSAT/NMSQT experience.
Get these personalized features:
  • My Online Score Report—View your enhanced score report- with test questions, your answer, and the correct answer with answer explanations
  • My SAT Study Plan™—Prepare for the SAT® with a personalized plan based on your test performance (includes a free practice test)
  • NEW! My Personality—Take a personality test to learn more about yourself and find majors and careers that fit your strengths and interests
  • My College Matches—Get a starter list of colleges (based on your home state and indicated choice of major) to help you begin your search
  • My Major & Career Matches—Learn about different majors and careers and see what courses you should take now to be successful later