The Math Test: Overview
The Math Test focuses on the areas of math that play the biggest role in a wide range of college majors and careers:
- Heart of Algebra, which focuses on the mastery of linear equations and systems.
- Problem Solving and Data Analysis, which is about analyzing problems and drawing information from data.
- Passport to Advanced Math, which features questions that ask you to manipulate complex equations.
- The Math Test also includes 2 questions from Additional Topics in Math, including the geometry and trigonometry most relevant to college and career readiness.
The Math Test is divided into two parts: a no-calculator portion and a calculator portion. In both portions, most of the test is multiple choice, but some of the questions at the end ask you to write the answer (these are called “grid-ins”).
Breakdown of the Test
|Time allotted||25 minutes|
|Time allotted||45 minutes|
Types of Math Tested
|Type of Math||Number of Questions|
|Heart of Algebra||16|
|Problem Solving and Data Analysis||16|
|Passport to Advanced Math||14|
|Additional Topics in Math||2|
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Heart of Algebra
Learn about the types of questions included in the Heart of Algebra section of the PSAT/NMSQT Math Test.
Problem Solving and Data Analysis
Learn about the types of questions you'll be asked in the Problem Solving and Data Analysis section of the PSAT/NMSQT Math Test.
Passport to Advanced Math
Learn about the types of questions you'll be asked in the Passport to Advanced Math section of the PSAT/NMSQT Math Test.
Additional Topics in Math
Learn about the types of questions included in the Additional Topics in Math section of the PSAT/NMSQT Math Test.