The PSAT and the SAT - A Comparison

The PSAT is like the SAT in terms of syllabus. A comparative chart is given below for your reference.

SAT

PSAT

10 section Test

5 Section Test

Contains 01 Experimental section

No Experimental Section

Answer Types

Essay Writing

Multiple Choice

Free Response Grid Ins

Answer Types

Multiple Choice

Free Response Grid Ins

Critical Reading

3 sections (67 Questions)

Two 25 minute sections with 24 questions each

One 20 minute section with 19 questions

Types of Questions:

19 Sentence Completion

48 Reading Comprehension

Critical Reading

2 Sections (48 Questions)

Two 25 minute sections with 24 questions each

Types of Questions:

13 Sentence Completion

35 Reading Comprehension

Mathematics

3 Sections (54 Questions)

One 25 minute section with 20 questions

One 25 minute section with 18 questions (10 Grid-Ins)

One 20 minute section with 16 questions

Mathematics

2 Sections (38 Questions)

One 25 minute section with 20 questions

One 25 minute section with 18 questions (10 Grid-Ins)

Note: Will not involve higher level (3rd year level) Algebraic and Function concepts tested in the SAT.

Writing

3 Sections (Essay + 49 Questions)

One 25 minute section – Essay

One 25 minute section with 35 questions

One 10 minute section with 14 questions

Types of Questions:

25 Sentence Improvement questions

18 Identify the Sentence Error questions

06 Paragraph Improvement questions

Writing

1 Section (39 Questions)

One 30 minute section with 39 questions

Types of Questions:

20 Sentence Improvement questions

14 Identify the Sentence Error questions

05 Paragraph Improvement questions

Note: Essay writing skill is NOT tested in the PSAT.

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