The Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT) runs for 130 minutes. The test is comprised of two 25-minute critical reading sections, two 25-minute math sections and one 30-minute writing section.
The 130-minute run time does not account for breaks proctors offer between sections of the exam, filling in personal information on the exam, or listening to exam instructions. Most high school students take the PSAT during the fall of their sophomore and junior years, though only the scores a junior earns count toward consideration for a National Merit Scholarship Program. Taking the PSAT helps students identify areas where they need to improve before taking the SAT, which most colleges use when evaluating a student's college application, as of 2014. The test measures critical reading, math, and writing skills.