Lesson 1: Introduction to Reading Comprehension

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Learn how to apply Kaplan’s methods and strategies to raise your Reading score.

  • Reading Comprehension Methods and Strategies

    In order to raise your score on the PSAT Reading Test, there are three main skills you will want to master before your PSAT Test Day. As you learn more about the PSAT Reading Test, you’ll want to know:

    1. How to identify the three types of passages
    2. How to build a passage map, and
    3. How to predict an answer and find its match among the answer choices.

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  • Passage Types: U.S. and World Literature

    As Reading passages on the PSAT span different genres, your approaches will vary accordingly from subject to subject. Let’s take a look at how to approach U.S. and World Literature passages on the PSAT.

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  • Passage Types: History/Social Studies

    The History/Social Studies portion of the PSAT Reading Test will consist of either two single History/Social Studies passages or one single History/Social Studies passage and one History/Social Studies paired-passage set.

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Lesson 2: Reading Comprehension Question Types I

PSAT History Social Studies Reading Passages

Learn how to approach two Reading Comprehension question types that are essential to your score.

Lesson 3: Reading Comprehension Question Types II

PSAT Science Reading Passages

Prepare to collect maximum points on Test Day by mastering two of the most common question types you’ll see on the Reading Test.

  • Question Types: Connections

    Connections questions ask about how two events, characters, or ideas are related. The three most common connections types are cause-and-effect, compare-and-contrast, and sequential connections.


  • Question Types: Vocab-in-Context

    Vocab-in-Context questions require you to deduce the meaning of a word or phrase by using the context in which the word or phrase appears. You can recognize Vocal-In-Context questions because the wording of the question stem.


PSAT Study Plan

It’s important to come up with a game plan for how you’re going to prepare for and take the PSAT. It might seem overwhelming, but don’t worry: Kaplan’s PSAT study plan includes test info, testing tips and strategies, and study resources.