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Effective PSAT study strategies?

I'm gearing up to take the PSAT and could use some advice. How did you guys study for it, and what resources do you wish you knew about beforehand? I want to make sure I’m as prepared as I can be!

7 months ago

First off, kudos on taking initiative with your PSAT prep; it's a great way to set the stage for the SAT! When it comes to studying for the PSAT, consistency and familiarity with the test format can go a long way. Start by setting a regular study schedule that fits your routine, and focus on different sections of the test on different days to ensure comprehensive coverage without overwhelming yourself.

One of the best resources available is the College Board's official practice tests. They provide a realistic sense of the questions you'll face and the timing you'll need to maintain. Treat these practice tests as actual exams: time yourself, and go through every section without interruptions. Afterward, review your answers, especially any questions you got wrong, and make sure you understand why the correct answers are right.

Also, consider using Khan Academy's Official SAT Practice, which tailors practice questions to your previous PSAT/SAT performance if you link your College Board account. It can help you zero in on the areas where you need the most improvement. In addition, vocabulary and grammar are key components of the PSAT, so incorporating daily reading and writing practice can boost your performance, particularly in the evidence-based reading and writing sections.

Lastly, while it's important to study smart, don't forget to take care of yourself. Sleep well, eat nutritiously, and take breaks to avoid burnout. Being physically and mentally fresh on test day is just as crucial as the studying leading up to it. Good luck with your studying; with dedication and smart preparation, you'll do great!

7 months ago

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