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:
How to identify the three types of passages
How to build a passage map, and
How to predict an answer and find its match among the answer choices.
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.
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.
If you pay attention to the big picture—the author’s central idea and purpose— while reading PSAT Reading Test passages, you will be able to answer Global questions with little to no rereading of the passage, increasing your efficiency.
Kaplan’s Strategy for Command of Evidence questions involves retracing your steps; that is, you must return to the previous question to ensure you answer the Command of Evidence question correctly. [READ MORE]
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.
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.