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Breaking down the PSAT Reading Section—How much to prepare?

Anyone got the lowdown on the PSAT reading section? I've been trying to get my study plan together and I'm stuck on how many passages are in the PSAT reading part. Want to make sure I practice enough without going overboard. Do you all just focus on practice tests or use other types of reading prep too?

8 months ago

Hey there! The PSAT reading section has 5 passages—including literature, historical documents, social sciences, and sciences. One of the passages will also have a paired set of passages, which requires comparing and contrasting information. My advice is to balance your prep between practice tests and other reading materials, such as articles or books, especially in the subjects mentioned since they'll help build your comprehension skills.

You might find it helpful to read a variety of genres and difficulty levels. Also, consider timing yourself while you read to get used to the pace you'll need during the test. Don't forget to take regular breaks to avoid burnout—it's about quality study time, not just quantity! Best of luck!

8 months ago

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