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 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.

  • RC Passage Types: U.S. and World Literature

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

  • RC 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.

  • RC Passage Types: Science Passages

    The PSAT Reading Test will contain either two single Science passages or one single Science passage and one set of paired Science passages.

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.

  • RC Question Types: Global

    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.

  • RC Question Types: Command of Evidence

    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.

  • RC Question Type Practice Set

    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.

Lesson 3: Reading Comprehension Question Types II

PSAT Science Reading Passages

Prepare to collect maximum points on test day by mastering three of the most common Reading question types.

  • RC 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.

  • RC 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.