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Upping my PSAT scores—where to focus?

So the PSAT is coming up, and I'm aiming to increase my score, especially in math. I've been okay in English but math is a struggle. What specific topics should I be zeroing in on to make the most out of my study time?

8 months ago

Hi there! It's great to hear that you're proactively preparing for the PSAT, especially in areas where you feel less confident. To maximize your study time in math, it's a good idea to focus on the main topics that the test covers. The PSAT math section is divided into two areas: algebra and advanced math, which includes questions on problem-solving and data analysis.

Algebra questions often involve linear equations and systems, inequalities, and functions. Make sure you're comfortable with these concepts and can manipulate equations to solve for variables. The College Board, which administers the PSAT, provides some practice questions and resources that can help highlight your strengths and potential areas for growth in these topics.

For advanced math, you’ll want to brush up on your understanding of quadratic and exponential functions, along with topics like ratio, proportions, and descriptive statistics. Real-world problem-solving questions will require you to apply these concepts, so practice interpreting data and understanding how to approach complex problems. Khan Academy is an excellent resource that offers focused practice tailored to the PSAT.

Remember to take some practice tests under timed conditions to get used to the format and timing of the actual exam. This will not only help you identify where you need more review but also build your test-taking stamina. Best of luck with your studies!

8 months ago

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