Redesigned PSAT Math

What's New On The Redesigned PSAT Mathematics Test?

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In the fall of 2015, the College Board will issue its Redesigned PSAT, which has been changed to mirror the Redesigned SAT, which will be administered for the first time in the spring of 2016. Both tests look very different from the current designs. One of the major changes takes place on the Mathematics portion of the exam. This page explains what you can expect to find from that portion when you sit for the Redesigned PSAT in the fall of 2015 as a sophomore or junior.

Aim of the Redesigned PSAT Math Test

According to the College Board, their wish for this math test is for it to demonstrate that "students have fluency with, understanding of, and the ability to apply the mathematical concepts, skills, and practices that are most strongly prerequisite and central to their ability to progress through a range of college courses, career training, and career opportunities."

Format of the Redesigned PSAT Math Test

  • 2 sections: Calculator Section and No Calculator Section
  • 70 minutes
  • 47 questions
  • 3 types of questions (multiple choice, grid-in, and extended thinking grid-in)
  • 4 content areas

4 Content Areas of the Redesigned PSAT Math Test

The new Math test focuses on four different areas of knowledge as described below. The content is divided between the two test sections, Calculator and No Calculator. Any of these topics can appear as a multiple choice question, a student-produced response grid-in, or an extended-thinking grid-in.

So, on both test sections, you can expect to see questions related to the following areas:

1. Heart of Algebra

  • Analyzing and fluently solving equations and systems of equations
  • Creating expressions, equations, and inequalities to represent relationships between quantities and to solve problems
  • Rearranging and interpreting formulas

    2. Problem Solving and Data Analysis

    • Creating and analyzing relationships using ratios, proportions, percentages, and units
    • Describing relationships shown graphically
    • Summarizing qualitative and quantitative data

    3. Passport to Advanced Math

    • Rewriting expressions using their structure
    • Creating, analyzing, and fluently solving quadratic and higher-order equations
    • Manipulating polynomials purposefully to solve problems

    4. Additional Topics in Math

    • Making area and volume calculations in context
    • Investigating lines, angles, triangles, and circles using theorems
    • Working with trigonometric functions

    The Calculator Section: 30 questions | 45 minutes | 33 points

    Question Types

    • 27 multiple choice questions
    • 2 student-produced grid-in questions
    • 1 extended-thinking grid-in question

    Content Tested

    • 9 Heart of Algebra questions
    • 13 Problem and Data Analysis questions
    • 7 Passport to Advanced Math questions
    • 1 Additional Topics in Math questions

    The No Calculator Section: 17 questions | 25 minutes | 17 points

    Question Types

    • 13 multiple choice questions
    • 4 student-produced grid-in questions

    Content Tested

    • 7 Heart of Algebra questions
    • 9 Passport to Advanced Math questions
    • 1 Additional Topics in Math questions

    Preparing for the Redesigned PSAT Math Test

    The College Board is working with the Khan Academy to offer free test prep for any student interested in practicing for the Redesigned SAT, but it isn't ready just yet!

    In the meantime, feel free to check out the Redesigned PSAT practice questions provided by the College Board  if you'd like to try your hand on some of these Redesigned Math questions.

    Practice for the Current SAT Math Test

    If you're taking the current SAT prior to the spring of 2016, then the link above will provide access to SAT math practice materials via this site and others. Quizzes, math strategies, test content info and more are yours for free!

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