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Understanding the PSAT structure

Can anyone explain how the PSAT is structured? I'm trying to plan my study schedule and I want to know what sections I should focus on. How's it different from the actual SAT?

8 months ago

Absolutely, getting familiar with the structure of the PSAT is a great step in your preparation! The PSAT/NMSQT, which stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, acts as both a practice for the SAT and a qualifying test for National Merit Scholarships. It's divided into four main sections: evidence-based Reading, Writing and Language, Math (no calculator), and Math (with calculator).

The PSAT is slightly shorter than the SAT; it has fewer questions and gives you less time per section. For instance, the Reading section on the PSAT contains 47 questions with a 60-minute time limit, whereas the SAT has 52 questions with a 65-minute time limit. The Math sections have similar discrepancies in length. When you're structuring your study plan, make sure to allocate time for each section, with perhaps a bit more time on the areas you find challenging. Good luck with your studies!

8 months ago

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