Compare PSAT 8/9 and PSAT/NMSQT: Math

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Comparison of the Math Test Content Specifications:
PSAT 8/9 and Redesigned PSAT/NMSQT
Element PSAT 8/9 Redesigned
PSAT/NMSQT
Time Allotted Amount % of Test Amount % of Test
Total 60 minutes 100% 70 minutes 100%
Calculator Permitted Section 40 minutes 67% 45 minutes 64%
Calculator Not Permitted Section 20 minutes 33% 25 minutes 36%
Questions Number % of Test Number % of Test
Total 38 questions 100% 48 questions 100%
Multiple Choice 
(4 options)
31 questions 82% 40 questions 83%
Student-Produced Response 
(grid-in)
7 questions 18% 8 questions
 
17%
Content Categories
Heart of Algebra 16 questions 42% 16 questions 33%
Problem Solving and Data Analysis 16 questions 42% 16 questions 33%
Passport to Advanced Math 6 questions 16% 14 questions 29%
Additional Topics in Math* 0 questions 0% 2 questions 4%
Contribution of Items to Cross-Test Scores
Analysis in
Science
6 questions 16% 7 questions 15%
Analysis in
History/Social Studies
6 questions 16% 7 questions 15%

* Questions under Additional Topics in Math contribute to the total Math Test score but do not contribute to a subscore within the Math Test.

Math Calculator Permitted Section Specifications

Comparison of the Math Calculator Permitted Specifications:
PSAT 8/9 and Redesigned PSAT/NMSQT
Element PSAT 8/9 Redesigned PSAT/NMSQT
Question
Type
Number % of Test Number % of Test
Total 25 100% 31 100%
Multiple Choice 
(4 options)
21 84% 27 87%
Student-Produced Response 
(grid-in)
4 16% 4 13%
Content Categories
Total 25 100% 31 100%
Heart of Algebra 8 32% 8 26%
Problem Solving and Data Analysis 16 64% 16 52%
Passport to Advanced Math 1 4% 6 19%
Additional Topics in Math 0 0% 1 3%
Time Allocated 40 minutes 45 minutes

Math Calculator Not Permitted Section Specifications

Comparison of the Math Calculator Not Permitted Specifications:
PSAT 8/9 and Redesigned PSAT/NMSQT
Element PSAT 8/9 Redesigned PSAT/NMSQT
Question Type Number % of Test Number % of Test
Total 13 100% 17 100%
Multiple Choice 
(4 options)
10 77% 13 76%
Student-Produced Response 
(grid-in)
3 23% 4 24%
Content Categories
Total 13 100% 17 100%
Heart of Algebra 8 62% 8 47%
Passport to Advanced Math 5 38% 8 47%
Additional Topics in Math 0 0% 1 6%
Time Allocated 20 minutes 25 minutes