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What type of math should I expect on the PSAT?

Math isn't my strongest subject and I'm pretty nervous about the math section on the PSAT. Can anyone share their experiences or point me towards which math topics I'll definitely need to review before test day?

8 months ago

Hi there! It's completely understandable to feel a bit anxious about the math section, especially if math isn't your favorite subject. The PSAT math section is divided into two parts: without calculator and with calculator. For your review, you'll want to focus on several key areas.

First, make sure you're comfortable with algebraic fundamentals, including linear equations and systems of equations. There will also be questions on problem-solving and data analysis, which test your ability to work with ratios, percentages, and proportional reasoning. Geometry and trigonometry are also part of the mix, but to a lesser extent, so it's beneficial to brush up on the basics like the properties of shapes and simple trigonometric ratios. Lastly, there are some advanced math topics such as complex equations and functions that you should familiarize yourself with.

Khan Academy, in partnership with the College Board, provides excellent resources and practice problems tailored to the PSAT. Working through sample questions can help build your confidence and pinpoint any areas where you might need a bit more review. Remember, consistent practice and familiarizing yourself with the types of questions you will encounter can make a big difference. Good luck, and remember to give yourself credit for all the hard work you're putting in!

8 months ago

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