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Test Design

The redesigned PSAT/NMSQT and the PSAT 10 are excellent practice for the SAT and offer a chance to monitor student learning.

Check In and Focus

The PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 are tightly aligned with the redesigned SAT and provide educators and students with the chance to check in on student progress. Both tests will support all students with a clear focus on the skills and knowledge that matter most for college and career success. Educators will be able to:

  • Measure and follow student performance.
  • Pinpoint areas for development.
  • Prepare students for the redesigned SAT.

The PSAT/NMSQT and the PSAT 10 will focus on the knowledge and skills that current research shows are most essential for college and career readiness and success. The tests will reflect the work students are doing in classrooms across the country and around the globe.

What’s New?

When students open their PSAT/NMSQT test books in fall 2015 (and their PSAT 10 test books in spring 2016), they’ll encounter tests that are more focused and useful than ever before. The redesign of the SAT Suite of Assessments is centered on key content changes.

Inside the Tests

Find out what kinds of questions will be asked on the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT and the PSAT 10 and which skills and knowledge areas they’ll test:

Content Alignment

The tests are aligned with the PSAT 8/9 and the SAT. All of these tests focus on the same domain of knowledge and skills. As students progress from grade to grade, the tests will keep pace, matching the scope and difficulty of work found in the classroom. Learn more about the content alignment of the SAT Suite of Assessments.

Scoring Changes

The redesigned PSAT/NMSQT and the PSAT 10 will be scored differently from the way the PSAT/NMSQT has been scored in the past. A few changes:

  • The tests will share a common score scale with the PSAT 8/9 and the SAT because the content is so tightly aligned.
  • Subscores and cross-test scores will be added for greater insight.
  • There won’t be a penalty for guessing.

Find out more about scoring.

Compare Test Specifications

How does the timing and structure of the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT and the PSAT 10 compare to that of the pre-2015 PSAT/NMSQT? View tables.

Read the full test specifications for the redesigned SAT (.pdf/2.65MB).