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The fast and easy way to score higher on the PSAT/NMSQTIn PSAT/NMSQT For Dummies, you'll get a review of foundational concepts for every section of the test, from identifying key words and matching subjects and verbs, to solving math word problems and using your calculator efficiently. Plus, four full-length practice tests with detailed answers and explanations help you assess your skills as you prep for test day.
- Prep for the big day find out when and where to go, what to bring (including the kind of calculator you're allowed), and what you're likely to see on the test
- Easy as ABC get familiar with the critical reading and writing sections of the test: sentence completions, passage-based questions, and paragraph and sentence improvement and error recognition questions
- What's your number? discover amazing techniques and get sample problems for every topic you'll discover in the math section: operations, algebra, geometry, statistics, and probability
- Practice makes perfect test your skills as you do four practice tests, complete with answers, explanations, and some additional tips
Open the book and find:
- What to expect on test day
- How to create a winning test-taking strategy
- How to arrange for extra time, large print, fee waivers, and other special considerations
- When your scores will arrive
- Ten ways to improve your test-taking skills
- Mistakes to avoid on the PSAT/NMSQT
- Four practice tests (and guidance on how to calculate your score)
Learn to:
- Master the essential concepts for every section
- Test your skills as you work through practice problems
- Take four full-length practice tests with answers and explanations
- Score your highest on test day
Synopsis
The fast and easy way to ace the PSAT/NMSQT examSimilar to the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills, and writing skills. The tips and plain-English information presented in PSAT/NMSQT For Dummies are designed to give readers of all skill levels the edge they need to perform their best on this important exam.
Here, you'll find the easy-to-understand information you need to prepare for the PSAT/NMSQT. You'll get a review of foundational concepts for every section, from identifying root words and correctly using commas, to solving math word problems and using the quadratic formula. Plus, four full-length practice tests with detailed answers and explanations help you assess your skills as you prep for exam day. So what are you waiting for?
- Includes a review of foundational concepts for every section
- Practice problems for each of the test's three sections allow you to test your comprehension as you study
- Includes four full-length practice tests with detailed answers and explanations
If you're one of the 3.5 million students preparing for the PSAT/NMSQT exam, this hands-on guide has everything you need to score your highest!
About the Author
Geraldine Woods teaches English and directs the independent study program at a high school for gifted students. She has helped students prepare for the SAT for more than 30 years. She is the author of more than 40 books for students and educators including English Grammar For Dummies, SAT For Dummies, and several AP test prep books.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1
Part I: Soaring Over the PSAT/NMSQT 7
Chapter 1; Introducing the Exam 9
Chapter 2: Getting Practical: PSAT/NMSQT Logistics 19
Part II: Word Up!: The Critical Reading and Writing Sections 27
Chapter 3: Blanking Out on the PSAT: Sentence Completions 29
Chapter 4: Exploring the Secret Passage: Reading Comprehension Questions 39
Chapter 5: As Easy as ABC and D and E: Writing 57
Part III: Assembling a Math Tool Kit 69
Chapter 6: When 2 + 4 = 1 Great Score: Preparing for PSAT Math 71
Chapter 7: Counting Down and Adding Up: Numbers and Operations 79
Chapter 8: Mastering the X Factor: Algebra and Functions 95
Chapter 9: Getting in Shape for Geometry Questions 113
Chapter 10: Against All Odds: Probability and Statistics 133
Part IV: Practice Makes Perfect: Practice Exams 143
Chapter 11: Practice Test 1 145
Chapter 12: Practice Test 1: Answers and Explanations 175
Chapter 13: Practice Test 2 191
Chapter 14: Practice Test 2: Answers and Explanations 221
Chapter 15: Practice Test 3 237
Chapter 16: Practice Test 3: Answers and Explanations 269
Chapter 17: Practice Test 4 285
Chapter 18: Practice Test 4: Answers and Explanations 315
Part V: The Part of Tens 331
Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Improve Your Test-Taking Skills 333
Chapter 20: Ten Mistakes to Avoid on the PSAT/NMSQT 337
Appendix: Scoring the Exams 341
Index 347