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Decoding the PSAT

Quick q: What exactly is on the PSAT? I know it's sort of a mini-SAT, but I'm not sure what types of questions or subjects to expect. Has anyone got a simple breakdown of what areas it covers?

8 months ago

Hey there! Totally get the curiosity about the PSAT. It's a good warm-up for the SAT and can give you some solid feedback on where you stand. So here's the lowdown: the PSAT, also known as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT), includes three main sections – Evidence-Based Reading, Writing and Language, and Math.

The Evidence-Based Reading section will hit you with passages from literature, historical documents, social sciences, and even some science stuff. They want to see how well you can comprehend and analyze texts. For Writing and Language, it's all about grammar, vocabulary in context, and editing skills. Think fixing sentences, finding mistakes, and making sure everything's coherent.

Then there's Math, which is split into two parts – one where you can use a calculator, and one where you can't. You'll see a mix of algebra, problem-solving, data analysis, and some advanced math topics like geometry and trigonometry. But don't sweat it too much about the math; practice the types of problems you'll face to get your confidence up.

Even though it's a 'practice' test for the SAT, doing well on the PSAT can mean qualifying for National Merit scholarships, so it's a great opportunity. To prepare, I'd recommend checking out some practice materials or even taking a couple of practice tests to get familiar with the question types and format. Most importantly, use it as a learning experience to gear up for the actual SAT. Hope this helps break it down for you!

8 months ago

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