Resources › For Students and Parents Redesigned PSAT VS. Redesigned SAT Share Flipboard Email Print Getty Images | Chris Ryan For Students and Parents Test Prep SAT Test Prep Test Prep Strategies Test Registration Study Skills ACT Test Prep GRE Test Prep LSAT Test Prep Certifications Homework Help Private School College Admissions College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Kelly Roell Education Expert B.A., English, University of Michigan Kelly Roell is the author of "Ace the ACT. " She has a master's degree in secondary English education and has worked as a high school English teacher. our editorial process Kelly Roell Updated February 24, 2020 In case you haven't heard, the PSAT and the SAT received a major overhaul! The tests of the past faded from the memories of students who have taken them, the teachers who have helped students prepare for them, and the test creators who have written them as of March of 2016 . In their places, bright, shiny new tests stole the spotlight once held by these two exam standards. So, how did the tests change? What do those students, teachers, tutors, and test prep writers need to know now? How does the Redesigned PSAT compare to the Redesigned SAT? This chart should help clear up a few of those questions for you. Keep reading below for even more details. Redesigned PSAT Redesigned SAT Total Testing Time 2 hours and 45 minutes 3 hours plus 50 mins.for optional essay Score Scale 400 - 1600 400 - 1600 Reading Test Time 60 minutes 65 minutes Number of Questions 47 52 Test Sections 5 total: 4 single passages and1 pair 5 total: 4 single passages and1 pair Passage Details 3,000 words total over five sections. 500–750 words per passage or paired set 3,250 words total over five sections. 500–750 words per passage or paired set Types of Reading Questions Words in Context 10 questions (2 per section) 10 questions (2 per section) Command of Evidence 10 questions ( 2 per section) 10 questions (2 per section) Analysis in History/Social Studies 19 questions 21 questions Analysis in Science 19 questions 21 questions Writing and Language Test Time 35 minutes 35 minutes Number of Questions 44 44 Test Sections 4 total 4 total Passage Details 1,700 words total from 4 passages; 400–450 words per passage 1,700 words total from 4 passages; 400–450 words per passage Types of Writing and Language Questions Expression of Ideas 24 24 Standard English Conventions 20 20 Mathematics Test Time 70 minutes 80 minutes Number of Questions 47 57 Test Sections 2 total: Calculator and No Calculator sections 2 total: Calculator and No Calculator sectios Types of Mathematics Questions Multiple Choice 37 45 Student Produced Grid-In 9 11 Extended-Thinking Grid-In 1 1 Redesigned PSAT Scoring VS. Redesigned SAT Scoring Since the PSAT and SAT went through such a major overhaul, testers are concerned about concurrence between the old and current exams and the redesigns. Will students who have the old scores be penalized in some way for not having the most up-to-date test scores? How will students taking the new exam really know what sort of scores to shoot for if there is there isn't a long line of former students with established SAT scores? The College Board has developed a concordance table between the old PSAT and the Redesigned PSAT along with the old SAT and the Redesigned SAT for college admissions officers, guidance counselors and students to use as a reference. In the meantime, take a peek at the SAT scoring changes and the SAT scoring frequently asked questions. There, you'll see average national SAT scores, percentile rankings by school, score release dates, scores by state and what to do if your SAT score is really, really bad. Redesigned PSAT Test Sections Vs. Redesigned SAT Test Sections When you start practicing to take one of these exams (or both!), you'll need to familiarize yourself with the test sections on each before you begin. Here are the basics: Redesigned PSAT Writing and Language TestReading TestMath Test Redesigned SAT Writing and Language TestReading TestMath Test Old PSAT Versus Redesigned PSAT Old SAT Vs. Redesigned SAT Chart 2017 PSAT Registration The Redesigned SAT Scoring System When and How Many Times Should You Take the SAT? What Is the SAT? What is the ACT? The Redesigned SAT Math Test Redesigned SAT Test Format Converting ACT Scores to SAT Scores Top 10 SAT Tips and Strategies Are Your SAT Scores Good Enough? What's a Good PSAT Score? 4 Things You Must Do Before You Take the SAT Redesigned SAT Writing and Language Test When Is the SAT?