In order to raise your score on the PSAT Reading test, there are three main skills you will want to master before 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) passage map a passage, and 3) predict an answer and find its match among the answer choices.
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 passages, you will be able to answer Global questions with little to no rereading of the passage.
Let’s look at the following example of a test-like passage and question set. After the mapped passage, the left column contains questions similar to those you’ll see on the PSAT Reading Test on Test Day.
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.