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PSAT Pattern

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Each section is scored on a scale of 160–760, making a “perfect” score 1520.The percentile score compares your result with everyone else who took the PSAT on the test date. A 75thpercentile score means you scored equal or higher than 75% of the students who took the PSAT with you.

The table below encapsulates the current PSAT Format:

Component Score Time Allotted Number of Questions

Range: 160-170
60 minutes 47

Writing & Language

35 minutes


  • Math
Range: 160-170
  • 70 minutes
  • 45-minutes: calculator section
  • 25-minutes: no-calculator section
  • 48
Total Range: 320-1520
  • 2 hours 45 minutes

The Reading passages will contain excerpts from either U.S "founding documents" or a text from the "ongoing Great Global Conversation” which pertains to freedom, justice, and human dignity.

All multiple-choice questions have four answer choices, one of which is correct. The questions of each section of the same type are generally ordered by difficulty. However, an important exception exists: Questions that follow the long and short reading passages are organized chronologically, rather than by difficulty.

The Math section has shifted its focus to three main areas viz., (a) Heart of Algebra, (b) Problem Solving & Data Analysis and (c) Passport to Advanced Math. With two sections devoted to Math, one section allows the usage of calculators. In the other section, calculators are not permitted. As required, all the Geometry questions are preceded by a figure for you to refer to. All Grid-in questions are required to be marked in the special grid-in area of the answer sheet

The sequence of the Test modules is as follows: