SAT
PSAT
General Information
Approximately 3.75 hours Approximately 2.2 hours
Mathematics – 3 sections
2 x 25 minute sections
1 x 20 minute section
Mathematics – 2 sections
2 x 25 minute sections
Critical Reading – 3 sections
2 x 25 minute sections
1 x 20 minute section
Critical Reading – 3 sections
2 x 25 minute sections
Writing – 1 section
1 x 25 minute section
1 x 10 minute section
Writing – 1 section
1 x 30 minute section
Essay
(Always 1st on exam)
25 minutes
Full Experimental Section
(Unidentifiable)
No Experimental Section
Total Scaled Score: 600–2400
(Section scores: 200–800)
Total Scaled Score: 60–240
(Section scores: 20–80)
Percentiles Percentiles
Essay: 0–12
(Sum of two scores)
Essays
Analysis of an Issue
(25 minutes)
Mathematics
44 multiple choice questions
10 student-produced response questions
70 minutes: 1.3 min/question)
28 multiple choice questions
10 student-produced response questions
50 minutes: 1.3 min/question)
Pre-Algebra Pre-Algebra
Algebra (I & II) Algebra (I & II)
Geometry Geometry
Data Analysis Data Analysis
Multiple Choice Multiple Choice
Student-Produced Response Questions
(Grid-Ins)
Student-Produced Response Questions
(Grid-Ins)
Multiple Choice Multiple Choice
In a certain school the student body has one–fifth seniors. If all the students were at a pep rally and forty percent of the seniors left the pep rally early, what was the percent change in the number of students at the rally?
(A) 8%
(B) 12%
(C) 20%
(D) 40%
(E) 60%
A zoo contains 25 monkeys, 20 penguins, 15 elephants, and no other kinds of animals. If one of these animals is to be chosen at random, what is the probability that the animal chosen will be a monkey?
(A) 1/4
(B) 1/3
(C) 5/12
(D) 1/2
(E) 7/12
Student-Produced Response
A tire made 1,500 revolutions while traveling 45,000 inches in a straight line along the ground. What is the radius, in inches, of the tire? In 1954 the record time for running a mile was 4 minutes, and by 1975 the record had fallen to 3 minutes and 50 seconds. If the record had fallen at a constant rate during that time and continued to do so, in what year can it be expected that the record time for running a mile will be 3 1/3 minutes?
Reading Section
67 multiple choice questions
48 Passage-Based, 19 Sentence Completion
(70 minutes: 1 min/question)
48 multiple choice questions
35 Passage-Based, 13 Sentence Completion
(50 minutes: 1 min/question)
Reading Comprehension Reading Comprehension
Vocabulary Vocabulary
Passage-Based Reading Comprehension Passage-Based Reading Comprehension
Sentence Completion Sentence Completion
Passage-Based Questions Passage-Based Questions
1. In line 5, the author refers to an “accomplished virtuoso’s” tone in order to

(A) suggest that Daniel conveys his opinions with authority and style
(B) imply that Daniel has an exaggerated viewpoint about computers
(C) emphasize the false claims made by computer designers
(D) demonstrate the various trends in consumer tastes
(E) indicate that Daniel has little knowledge about computers
1. In line 8, the phrase "cultural watershed" describes the

(A) qualitative change in cultural values ushered in by scarcity of information
(B) shifting relationship between information and humanity
(C) point at which society begins to reap the benefits of a literate populace
(D) manner in which the media have limited free thought
(E) disparity between the increasing availability and diminishing value of information
Sentence Completion Sentence Completion
Much of this show's content, unfortunately, is -------, with ------- episode often immediately following a sublime one.

(A) enthralling . . a mystical
(B) uneven . . a vapid
(C) unpredictable . . a magnificent
(D) mediocre . . a superior
(E) flippant . . an unintelligible
Many in our town regard the mayor as ------- of -------: he was the antithesis of frugality.

(A) a critic . . arrogance
(B) an icon . . munificence
(C) a nemsis . . discretion
(D) a paragon . . economy
(E) an ambassador . . benevolence
Writing Section
49 multiple choice questions
(35 minutes: .7 min/question)
39 multiple choice questions
(30 minutes: .8 min/question)
Usage & Mechanics Usage & Mechanics
Rhetorical Skills Rhetorical Skills
Improving Sentences Improving Sentences
Improving Paragraphs Improving Paragraphs
Identifying Sentence Errors Identifying Sentence Errors
Improving Sentences Improving Sentences
(Choose the underlined portion that best completes the sentence.)

William could not continue to deliver pizza until he owned a car to rely on that was dependable.

(A) car to rely on that was dependable
(B) dependable car that he could rely on
(C) car to rely on
(D) dependable car
(E) car to depend on
(Choose the underlined portion that best completes the sentence.)

The CD, although a recent invention, they may soon make casettes obselete.

(A) The CD, although a recent invention, they
(B) The CD is a recent invention, while it
(C) Since it is a recent invention, the CD
(D) The CD is a recent invention that
(E) Because the CD is new, and, as such, it
Improving Paragraphs Improving Paragraphs
(9) However, government did not catch up with mainstream American sentiment until 1931. (10) One-hundred and seventeen years after it was written and America fell in love, President Herbert Hoover at that time declared Key's poem-set-to-music the official national anthem.

In context, which of the following revisions is necessary in sentence 4?

(A) Delete "at the time"
(B) Insert "of America" at the end of the sentence
(C) Change "it was written" to "he wrote"
(D) Change "America fell in love" to "America's love"
(E) Delete "Key's poem-set-to-music"
(3) The story vividly describes the author's adventures in the Royal Navy and in the merchant marine. (4) This narrative is equally significant, though, because it combines spiritual odyssey, which they were reading widely at the time, and romantic elements, which some say Tomas invented.

In context, which of the following revisions is necessary in sentence 4?

(A) Delete "though"
(B) Change "at the time" to "then"
(C) Change "though" to "that is"
(D) Change "they were reading widely" to "was popular
(E) Delete "which some say Tomas invented"
Identifying Sentence Errors Identifying Sentence Errors
(Choose the underlined portion, if any, that contains an error.)

The moving poems of Maya Angelou
       A
has inspired countless aspiring poets and
    B       C
touched the lives of millions of people.
                  D
No error.
   E
(Choose the underlined portion, if any, that contains an error.)

Unlike the case with Andrea, who was tired after
            A                   B
working all weekend, I wanted to go the movie
            C
theatre to see the Hitchcock film.
        D
No error.
   E
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