Test: PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10Description: The test is split up into three different sections: reading, writing and language, and math. You'll have 60 minutes to answer 47 reading questions, 35 minutes to answer 44 writing questions/tasks and 70 minutes on 48 math questions. You will not be penalized for wrong answers -- or for guessing, essentially. Also, the PSAT is not used to determine college admissions. Rather, it’s intended to help students prepare for the SAT. Though it has the same format as the SAT, it is quite a bit shorter.
Usually Taken: Spring of your junior year or fall of your senior year (or both, if you want a practice run). Tips and Strategies: It used to be that the SAT carries a "wrong answer penalty." If you guessed right, you gained a point; if you guessed wrong, you were penalized. Now, you can guess without risking your SAT score. You can retake the test to improve your score. You can also choose which scores to send to colleges using Score Choice – unlike in years’ past when test scores were sent every time you took the test. Get more information on the SAT at College Board.