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How's the math section in the PSAT structured?

Hey guys, I’m a bit anxious about the math part of the PSAT. Can anyone share what kind of math topics I should prepare for and how advanced they are? I want to make sure I've covered everything I need to nail that section.

8 months ago

Absolutely, let's break it down. The PSAT math section is divided into two parts: one that allows the use of a calculator and one that does not. There are 48 questions total, with 17 questions in the no-calculator section and 31 in the calculator section. The areas covered include algebra, problem-solving and data analysis, advanced math, and some geometry and trigonometry concepts – though the latter two are not as heavily emphasized.

In terms of preparation, make sure you're comfortable with linear equations, systems of equations, and understanding complex equations or functions. For data analysis, focus on interpreting graphs and charts, as well as basic statistics principles. They don't usually go beyond the Algebra II level. Brush up on your skills with quadratic functions, polynomials, and some non-linear expressions as well. Practice translating word problems into mathematical expressions, which is a core part of the test. You can find sample questions and practice tests from the College Board, which administers the PSAT, to familiarize yourself with the format and types of problems you'll encounter. Best of luck on your preparation!

8 months ago

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