PSAT Math Section: Test Taking Strategies


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If you don't know the answer to a PSAT question, when should you guess?

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1. The reference box contains _____


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If 3/(2 - x) is defined, but 3/(2 + x) is undefined, which of the following could represent the value of x?

A. 2

B. -2

C. 0

D. -3

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and attached worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of PSAT math strategies. Topics you will need to know in order to pass the quiz include the reference box as well as a tip for answering PSAT questions you don't know the answers to.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to measure your knowledge of or ability to:

  • An instance when it's best to guess on PSAT questions
  • The importance of answering the easy questions first
  • Identify a true statement about the use of calculators during the PSAT

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related PSAT math strategies lesson, including when you should guess if you don't know an answer
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about PSAT math strategies and the use of calculators in a different light
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve a practice problem by choosing a number that could represent the value of x
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about the contents of the reference box

Additional Learning

To learn more about PSAT math strategies, review the lesson, PSAT Math Section: Test Taking Strategies. It covers the following objectives:

  • Identify free-response questions
  • Skip questions
  • Learn about grid-ins