The PSAT Writing & Language Test will contain one or more passages that include infographics. Each infographic will convey or expand on information related to the passage.
The Kaplan Method for Infographics has three steps:
- Step 1: Read the question
- Step 2: Examine the infographic
- Step 3: Predict and answer
Let’s examine these steps a bit more closely.
The Kaplan Method for Infographics
When you apply the Kaplan Method for Infographics, keep in mind that infographics will either represent data described in the passage or present new data that expand on what the passage is about.
Let’s look at the following Writing & Language infographic and questions. After the infographic, there are two columns. The left column contains test-like questions. The column on the right features the strategic thinking a test expert employs when approaching the infographic and questions presented.
(A) bat and bird populations decreased.
(B) bat and bird populations increased.
(C) bat and bird populations decreased and then increased.
(D) bat and bird populations did not change.
|Step 1: Read the questionAssess the question to determine what part of the infographic to focus on.What information in the question stem corresponds to the infographic? The years 2007 to 2010Step 2: Examine the infographic
What are the units of measurement, labels, or titles? The units in the table are numbers. They aren’t labeled, so you’ll need to look for context; don’t blindly make assumptions. Because the numbers go down, and the title of the graph is “Reduction of Flying Animals in the Appalachians,” you can conclude that these must be populations.
Step 3: Predict and answer
Now that you understand the table, reread the question. Based on the question, what parts of the table do you need to look at? The number of each species as the years progress
Which is the correct answer? Choice (A)