Compare PSAT/NMSQT and SAT: Math

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Comparison of the Math Test Content Specifications:
Redesigned SAT and PSAT/NMSQT
Element Redesigned
SAT
Redesigned
PSAT/NMSQT
Time Allotted Amount % of Test Amount % of Test
Total 80 minutes 100% 70 minutes 100%
Calculator Permitted Section 55 minutes 69% 45 minutes 64%
Calculator Not Permitted Section 25 minutes 31% 25 minutes 36%
Questions Number % of Test Number % of Test
Total 58 questions 100% 48 questions 100%
Multiple Choice 
(4 options)
45 questions 78% 40 questions 83%
Student-Produced Response 
(grid in)
13 questions 22% 8 questions
 
17%
Content Categories
Heart of Algebra 19 questions 33% 16 questions 33%
Problem Solving and Data Analysis 17 questions 29% 16 questions 33%
Passport to Advanced Math 16 questions 29% 14 questions 29%
Additional Topics in Math* 6 questions 10% 2 questions 4%
Contribution of Items to Cross-Test Scores
Analysis in
Science
8 questions 14% 7 questions 15%
Analysis in
History/Social Studies
8 questions 14% 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:
Redesigned SAT and PSAT/NMSQT
Element Redesigned SAT Redesigned PSAT/NMSQT
Question
Type
Number % of Test Number % of Test
Total 38 100% 31 100%
Multiple Choice 
(4 options)
30 79% 27 87%
Student-Produced Response 
(grid-in)
8 21% 4 13%
Content Categories
Total 38 100% 31 100%
Heart of Algebra 11 29% 8 26%
Problem Solving and Data Analysis 17 45% 16 52%
Passport to Advanced Math 7 18% 6 19%
Additional Topics in Math 3 8% 1 3%
Time Allocated 55 minutes 45 minutes

Math Calculator Not Permitted Section Specifications

Comparison of the Math Calculator Not Permitted Specifications:
Redesigned SAT and PSAT/NMSQT
Element Redesigned SAT Redesigned PSAT/NMSQT
Question Type Number % of Test Number % of Test
Total 20 100% 17 100%
Multiple Choice 
(4 options)
15 75% 13 76%
Student-Produced Response 
(grid-in)
5 25% 4 24%
Content Categories
Total 20 100% 17 100%
Heart of Algebra 8 40% 8 47%
Passport to Advanced Math 9 45% 8 47%
Additional Topics in Math 3 15% 1 6%
Time Allocated 25 minutes 25 minutes