The Old vs. New PSAT

Comparison of the Major Features:

Pre-2015

PAT/NMSQT
Redesigned

PSAT/NMSQT
Total Testing Time*
2 hours and 10 minutes
2 hours and 45 minutes*

Components
1. Critical Reading
2. Writing
3. Mathematics

1.Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
• Reading Test
• Writing and Language Test

2.Math
Important Features:
• Emphasis on general reasoning skills
• Emphasis on vocabulary, often in limited contexts
• Complex scoring (a point for a correct answer and a deduction for an incorrect answer; blank responses have no impact on scores)
• Continued emphasis on reasoning alongside a clearer, stronger focus on the knowledge, skills, and understandings most important for college and career readiness and success
• Greater emphasis on the meaning of words in extended contexts and on how word choice shapes meaning, tone, and impact
• Rights-only scoring (a point for a correct answer but no deduction for an incorrect answer; blank responses have no impact on scores)

Score Reporting*
• Scale ranging from 60 to 240
• Scale ranging from 20 to 80 for Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing
• Section scoring is from 160 to 760. Total score range is from 320 to 1520. Scaled to better “align” with the New SAT on a comparative scale. Test scores will be from 8 to 32.*

Subscore Reporting:
None

Subscores for every test, providing added insight for students, parents, educators and counselors

*Subject to change