PSAT - Math

Of the three sections of the test, PSAT Math section will be a key player when you take this test. If you are well prepared, then the Math section of PSAT will be an asset for your overall score and if you are not well prepared, naturally, you will lose a lot.

Structure

PSAT Math is in fact considered easy of all the three sections, provided you are prepared enough. Unlike the other sections of the PSAT, the Math section is a bit predictable.

  • The PSAT Math section consists of a total of 38 questions, divided into two separately timed sections.
  • Each of these sections extends for 25 minutes.
  • Unlike all the other sections, the Math section of the PSAT consists of a different type of questions other than just the multiple-choice questions, which are known as student-produced responses or grid-ins.
  • Of the 38 questions in the Math section, 28 will be multiple-choice questions and the rest are grid-ins.

ExamFocus' Practice Support

Ensure that you have practiced this section well before you decide to take the test. After all, a perfect score can be achieved only if you practice and prepare well. Use ExamFocus' Problem solving sample practice questions and Grid Ins sample practice questions to get your skills sharpened.

Testing & Scoring Scheme

  • The Math section of the PSAT consists of questions from four broad aspects of the subject of Mathematics. Since the test is mainly intended for the eleventh graders, the Math section is exempted of the high level mathematical concepts.
  • The broad concepts that you must concentrate on are Numbers and Operations, Algebra and Functions (basics; does not include the higher level concepts as in SAT), Geometry and Measurement, Data Analysis, Statistics and Probability.
  • The scores of any PSAT section vary between 20 and 80.
  • First, the questions you have attempted get raw scores, which are then converted to the scaled score that varies between 20 and 80 through a process called equating.