Current PSAT and SAT Redesigned PSAT and SAT*
Time 2 hours, 10 mins. (PSAT) 2 hours, 45 mins. (PSAT)
3 hours, 45 mins. (SAT) 3 hours + optional 50 mins. for essay (SAT)
Scoring 60 – 240 (PSAT) (PSAT)
20 – 80 for Critical Reading Some scores will be reported
20 – 80 for Math on the same scale used for the SAT
20 – 80 Writing
600 – 2400 (SAT) 400 – 1600 (SAT)
200 – 800 for Critical Reading 200 – 800 Evidence-based Reading and Writing
200 – 800 for Math 200 – 800 Math
200 – 800 Writing *2 – 8 on three traits for Essay
*Results reported separately
The following represent both the PSAT and SAT:
A point for a correct answer, No penalty for wrong or unanswered questions
a deduction for an incorrect answer
Focus Emphasis on reasoning skills Emphasis on reasoning skills tailored to
college, career readiness, and success
Reading Critical Reading Evidence-based Reading and Writing.
Writing Emphasis on vocabulary Vocabulary based on an extended context.
in a limited context
Math Algebra, Geometry, Statistics Algebra, Geometry, Statistics
Essay Required, 20 mins. to complete Optional, 50 mins. to complete
Tests writing skills Tests ability to use sources and analyze promptly
As long as teens read, do well in their classes, and seek help in
areas they are uncertain about, they should be prepared to do well not only on these tests, but also in college and their careers.
“Every year, Juniors participate in PSAT testing and join the pool of entrants to the National Merit Scholarship Competition.
Students wishing to succeed would benefit from taking higher level courses so as to grow their knowledge base and also to
engage in tutoring outside of school in the subjects that they may be weak in. For parents, a great resource is the College Board website. It provides helpful college planning tools as well as SAT test dates, information on the SAT redesign and practice materials. Ask your school counselors about it or visit www.collegeboard.org and search under SAT and PSAT.”
— Lara Lauterbach, Secondary Guidance Counselor at Alabama Christian Academy