PSAT Practice Test

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Every year, thousands of high school students across the country prepare for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). But before they take the SAT, students prepare throughout their high school years by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

Click the “Start Test” above to begin your free PSAT practice test! These practice questions will give you a better idea of what to study for your exam.

PSAT/NMSQT Practice Tests by Subject

If you need some extra practice in a specific subject, click one of the subjects below to get started on a subject-specific PSAT/NMSQT practice test.

PSAT/NMSQT Exam Outline

The PSAT/NMSQT contains a total of 98 questions/tasks and has a time limit of 134 minutes (2 hours and 14 minutes).

Here’s a quick look at what’s on the test:

exam outline for the PSAT exam

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How to Pass the PSAT/NMSQT

Although the PSAT is often considered to be a practice run for the SAT, scoring high enough on the PSAT can qualify you for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Some of these scholarships include full college tuition. Because of the potential reward of scoring well on the PSAT, you want to be adequately prepared for this important exam. Using quality study materials is crucial.

It is also helpful to verify your readiness for the test by taking PSAT practice tests. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on quality PSAT study materials, they are available for free, from Mometrix Academy. The links above give you access to practice test study guides that cover all the subjects included on the PSAT: Reading, Mathematics, and Writing.

There are also links to free practice tests. The PSAT practice tests will assess your knowledge and indicate how prepared you are for the actual PSAT test. A practice test will also pinpoint which subject areas need further study and understanding. You may want to consider taking a PSAT practice test for the first time and designate next to each question which of the subsequent statements is true.

  • I confidently knew the correct answer
  • I chose the correct answer but was unsure of my choice
  • I had no idea which option was the correct answer

Approaching the practice test in this way will help you determine strengths and weaknesses so that you can allocate your study time appropriately. The questions that you confidently answered correctly won’t require much study, but you may want to briefly review this material anyway to verify that you have a thorough understanding of why that was the correct answer. The questions that you answered correctly but were not confident about will need a little more time and focus. Of course, the majority of your study time will be focused on the last set of questions of which you had no idea as to the correct answer. Don’t be disheartened about these questions! Mometrix has all you need to successfully prepare for the PSAT.

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Online PSAT Test Prep Course

If you want to be fully prepared, Mometrix offers an online PSAT prep course. The course is designed to provide you with any and every resource you might want while studying. The PSAT course includes:

  • Review Lessons Covering Every Topic
  • 250+ PSAT Practice Questions
  • More than 450 Electronic Flashcards
  • Over 210 Instructional Videos
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  • Free Mobile Access
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FAQs

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What is a good PSAT score?

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A good score to aim for is anything above 1000. The top 10% of test-takers score between 1250 and 1520.

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What is the PSAT?

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The PSAT/NMSQT is a standardized test used to measure the reading, math, and writing skills of 11th-grade students as they prepare to go into college.

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How long is the PSAT?

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The time limit for the test is 134 minutes, which is 2 hours and 14 minutes.

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What does PSAT stand for?

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PSAT stands for Preliminary SAT (the term “SAT” is not short for anything).

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What is the PSAT out of?

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The highest you can score on the PSAT/NMSQT is 1520.

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What is the average PSAT score?

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The average score on the PSAT/NMSQT is 920.

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How many questions are on the PSAT?

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There are 98 questions on the test.

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Is the PSAT easier than the SAT?

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Yes, the PSAT/NMSQT is not quite as difficult as the SAT.

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How is the PSAT scored?

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Your final PSAT/NMSQT score is based on two section scores: the Evidence-based Reading and Writing score and the Math score. Each section score will be between 160 and 760, which means the highest you can score on the PSAT is 1520.


By Peter Rench

Peter Rench joined Mometrix in 2009 and serves as Vice President of Product Development, responsible for overseeing all new product development and quality improvements. Mr. Rench, a National Merit Scholar, graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in mathematics from Texas A&M University.

 

by Mometrix Test Preparation | This Page Last Updated: December 21, 2023