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PSAT Assessment




The PSAT/NMSQT (or Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is a preliminary version of the SAT. Taking the PSAT is a great way for students to practice and prepare to take the SAT.  Junior year a high score on the PSAT can also open the door to the National Merit Scholarships and other awards. With $180 million dollars in scholarships awarded to students who achieve high scores on the PSAT, how you perform on this exam can help you earn scholarship dollars that can change the direction of your college planning.  Some colleges and university offer full tuition waivers for National Merit Scholars.


The PSAT is offered mid October each year.  Crandall ISD pays for all 10th graders to take the test.  Testing junior year is optional but highly recommended for students who did well their sophomore year. The current cost of the test for a junior is $15.00.


How the Test is Structured


The PSAT is 2 hours and 45 minutes long and test skills in Reading, Writing and Math.  The highest score possible on the PSAT is 1520.






Question Type

Evidence-Based Reading


60 minutes

U.S./World Literature

Social Studies/History


Writing & Language


35 minutes

Expression of Ideas

Standard English Conventions



25 minutes: No calculator


45 minutes: Calculator

Heart of Algebra

Data Analysis & Problem Solving

Passport to Advanced Math

Additional Topics in Math