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Ch 15: PSAT Math: About the Math Test

About This Chapter

Use our fun online lessons to learn about the PSAT math section. Through our short, entertaining videos and follow-up quizzes, you'll find out what the PSAT math section will look like and how you can prepare for the exam.

About the PSAT Test - Chapter Summary

Let our PSAT Math chapter help you get ready for the arithmetic questions on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT)/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT). In these easy-to-follow lessons, you'll learn about the use of a calculator during the test, how difficult the problems may be to solve and other important information. Beginning with the first video, your instructor will:

  • Give you a detailed overview of the PSAT math section
  • Provide you with some test-taking strategies
  • Explain how the questions are presented

Our PSAT Math chapter is designed to provide you with a snapshot of the exam so both the format and schedule will look and feel familiar on test day. To make sure that you understood the lesson, each video is followed by an online quiz that covers all of the key points discussed in the videos.

PSAT Objectives

The PSAT is offered by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). Its purpose is to help you prepare for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). The exam is made up of five timed-sections, including math. After you take the PSAT, you'll have access to some career and college resources, including NMSC's scholarship programs. Our PSAT Math videos have the following objectives:

  • To help you understand how the PSAT is laid out, timed and scored
  • To show you how to use the test reference area
  • To explain the use of 'grid-ins' on the PSAT
  • To familiarize you with the multiple-choice format

The math section of the PSAT has two sections. One section allows the use of a calculator and the other does not. Together, the sections must be completed inside of 70 minutes.

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