How the PSAT/NMSQT Is Structured

The PSAT/NMSQT takes 2 hours and 45 minutes and consists of 3 tests: (1) the Reading Test, (2) the Writing and Language Test, and (3) the Math Test. Most of the questions are multiple choice, though some math questions ask you to write in the answer rather than select it.

The following table shows how much time you get for each test and the number of questions for each test:

Section Length (minutes) Number of Questions/Tasks
Reading 60 47
Writing and Language 35 44
Math 70 48
Total 165 139