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Course SummaryUse this self-paced PSAT Prep: Practice & Study Guide to prepare for the PSAT 10 exam. The bite-sized lessons and practice quizzes in this course are designed to help you hone the reading, writing and math skills you'll need for the PSAT.
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|Lesson 1 - Subject-Verb Agreement: Using Uncommon Singular and Plural Nouns and Pronouns||Take Quiz|
|Lesson 2 - Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement||Take Quiz|
|Lesson 3 - Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules||Take Quiz|
|Lesson 4 - Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses & Contrasting Sentence Parts||Take Quiz|
|Lesson 5 - Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods||Take Quiz|
|Lesson 6 - Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks||Take Quiz|
|Lesson 7 - Apostrophe: Use & Examples||Take Quiz|
|Lesson 8 - What is a Clause?||Take Quiz|
|Lesson 9 - Independent & Dependent Clauses: Subordination & Coordination||Take Quiz|
|Lesson 10 - Pronouns: Relative, Reflexive, Interrogative & Possessive||Take Quiz|
|Lesson 11 - What Are Personal Pronouns?||Take Quiz|
|Lesson 12 - What Are Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Modifiers?||Take Quiz|
|Lesson 13 - How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs||Take Quiz|
|Lesson 14 - Comparison of Adjectives & Adverbs: Examples, Sentences & Exercises||Take Quiz|
About the Course
The PSAT, or what used to be called the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test, covers the same topics you'll find on the SAT, which is accepted and sometimes required for college admission. The PSAT assesses high school-level critical reading, writing and math skills and consists of five timed sections of multiple-choice and write-in questions. The main purpose of the PSAT is to gauge your knowledge in these subjects and determine which areas you need to improve on before taking the SAT. College Board administers the PSAT along with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, allowing you to practice for the SAT and apply to scholarship programs at the same time.
How to Register and Prepare for the PSAT
High school students at any level can take the PSAT. The primary exam day is usually in the fall. There is generally also an alternative exam day, and also a Saturday exam day, also in the fall. Registration and testing are available through high schools; if your school doesn't offer the exam, you can check with other high schools in your area. You'll need to register in person, since online registration isn't available. The fee for the PSAT covers the exam and score report, as well as scholarship submissions for 11th grade students. A fee waiver is available for low-income students.
This course gets you ready for the PSAT with videos and quizzes to help you identify your strengths and boost your skills in the areas you need it most. The lessons cover the same materials you'll encounter on the exam and give you the chance to establish the best method for taking the PSAT that fits your style. You can review your progress to see where you need to sharpen your skills in the three subject areas. When testing day comes, you'll need to bring #2 pencils and an approved calculator. You can't take any electronic or Internet-accessible devices, timers or study aids into the testing room.
The PSAT scores for each section range from 20-80. For high school juniors, the section scores are added together to form a composite score used for National Merit Scholarships. The report provides you with an estimate of what your SAT score would be based on your PSAT performance. You'll also be able to see how you measure up against other students at your grade level. A feedback section shows you areas where you could use some improvement before taking the SAT and details about your chosen field of study. After taking the PSAT, you'll have online access to your score report, an SAT study guide and a personality assessment as well as majors, colleges and AP classes relevant specifically to you.
PSAT: Critical Reading
There are two critical reading portions to the PSAT. Each is timed for 25 minutes and present a total of 48 multiple-choice questions. Sentence-completion questions test your vocabulary with one or two blank spaces within a sentence, and you'll need to choose the best word or words that fit. Critical-reading questions contain passages where you'll determine meanings, connotations, themes and points of view. You'll be tested on your knowledge of symbolism, allusion, metaphors and similes, foreshadowing, allegory and personification as they relate to each passage. This course includes lessons that teach you reading strategies, how to interpret literary meaning and what each literary term means.
The math portion is also two 25-minute sections consisting of 38 total questions. Some questions are multiple-choice, and others require you to compute equations and story problems. Questions cover fractions and decimals, radial numbers, common factors and multiples, ratios, percents, sequences and probability. Other topics include linear equations, quadratics, binomials and polynomials, negative and rational exponents, graphing, functions and compound inequalities. Geometric questions involve solving for properties, distance, volumes, tangents and perimeters of shapes, angles and graphs. You'll also need to know how to find medians and averages, sequences, factorials and absolute values. The PSAT math lessons explain number types, operations, equations and expressions, geometric formulas and graphing functions.
The 30-minute writing portion contains 39 multiple-choice questions involving single sentences and paragraphs of text. You'll be asked to find errors, subject-verb agreements, adjectives and types of pronouns. The section also covers sentence fragments, comma and semicolon use, clauses, modifiers and sentence structure. Questions also ask you to identify tense, voice, parallelism, style and point of view. You can learn how to improve paragraphs, properly use grammar and punctuation, write clearly and identify the components of sentences with these video lessons.
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