The Math section of the PSAT/NMSQT exam is administered in two portions, including this one that permits the use of an approved calculator. See pages 23 and 32 of the College Board student handbook for calculator guidelines.
There are 31 questions and you will have 45 minutes to complete them. These questions emphasize your ability to reason about math concepts and situations, while utilizing little to no calculation.
Of the 48 total math questions, 8 of them will require you to grid in your answer. If you are not familiar with this procedure, review it on [page 27] (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/official-student-guide-psat-nmsqt.pdf) on the official College Board website.
Math: No Calculator
The 17 “No Calculator” questions must be completed in 25 minutes. This portion is a test of your basic “math sense” and ability to manipulate figures accurately, so you may not use a calculator.
A total of 8 of the questions in both math sections require the use of a grid to fill in your answer. Please see page 27 of this booklet from the official College Board website for more information about this important procedure.
All of the questions in this section are multiple choice. They ask you to reflect on a given passage and some of the passages are paired with some sort of chart or graph. You will not need to call upon any specific subject knowledge, but you will have to read, understand, and evaluate written material. When finding the correct answer, it will be necessary to find evidence in the passage to support your thoughts.
Writing and Language
Your job in this section of the PSAT/NMSQT exam will be to find the best correction for parts of a written passage. It will be an evaluation of how well you can edit written work. As in the Reading section, there will be tables and graphs attached to some of the passages. There may be several answers that would improve the passage, but you will need to chose the one that is best.