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What to Expect on PSAT/NMSQT


The PSAT is a standardized test that offers first hand practice for the SAT. The PSAT allows test-takers to prepare for the SAT and become familiar with the types of questions and directions that will be seen on the SAT. NMSQT is the same test as the regular PSAT, only the qualifications are different.


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MATH (with calculator)

How much tie is allotted per section on each section on the SAT

Total Time:

2 hours 45 minutes

Total Questions:

139 questions

Average PSAT score for 10th graders:


Average PSAT score for 11th graders:


SAT Updates

SAT Updates (2024)

The SAT has moved from a paper and pencil exam to all online. The new digital SAT is structured into two main sections: Reading/Writing and Math, with a total test duration of 2 hours and 14 minutes. Students will have 64 minutes for the Reading and Writing section and 70 minutes for the Math section. Read more to learn about the updates and changes to the exam.

Changes You Will Love

No penalty for wrong answers

  • Students don't have to worry about losing points for guessing incorrectly

  • Just like the ACT

There are only 4 answer choices instead of 5​

  • Just like the ACT

Students may be more familiar with vocab​

  • They will need to know multiple definitions of those words

No more sentence completions ​

Changes You Won't Love

Questions require multiple steps to get an answer

Reading passages include complex structure and vocabulary

Foundational math skills are more important

Reasoning and critical thinking skills are paramount

There are fewer sections on the new test, but they are longer in time than the old test

Digital SAT infographic updates.

ACT Info (2024)

ACT info

The ACT test consists of four multiple-choice sections— English, mathematics, reading, and science—with an optional writing section. Some colleges and universities require or accept ACT writing scores, so you may consider taking the writing section. 

The essay is optional depending if a specific university requires it or not. Most do not. Check to see if the colleges you are applying to have it as a requirement. 

How Colleges Consider SAT+ACT

College ACT/SAT

As of Spring 2023, the following universities have updated their SAT/ACT test requirements. There are three different exam trends:

test-blind, test-optional, and test required. When applying for college, be sure to check their test requirements to know what category they fall in.

Schools that practice test blind, test optional, and test required

Private High School Application Package

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If you are interested in getting your child into a private high school, AP Academy offers a private high school application package to guide you through the entire process.

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