The Structure of the PSAT Reading Section


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Is there a guessing penalty on the PSAT Reading Test?

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1. Which of the following will you NOT see on the PSAT Reading Test?

2. Which of the following passage topics might you get on the PSAT Reading Test?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help you make sure that you understand the formatting and kinds of questions you can expect in the PSAT Critical Reading section. In order to pass the quiz, you will need to know how much time you have to complete the questions, as well as information about formatting, questions, and reading passages.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Types of passages included in the Reading section of the PSAT
  • Approximately how much time a test-taker has per question on the PSAT Critical Reading section
  • Number of sections included in the PSAT Critical Reading section
  • What kinds of questions you will encounter in the PSAT Critical Reading section
  • How questions are arranged in the Critical Reading section

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow students to test the following skills:

  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding the kinds of questions a student can expect to see on the PSAT Critical Reading test
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the arrangement of questions in the PSAT Critical Reading section and interpret it correctly
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about sections, time requirements, and reading passages from the related PSAT Reading Section lesson

Additional Learning

Want to learn further about the reading section of the PSAT? Then check out the accompanying lesson on The Structure of the PSAT Reading Section. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand the format of the PSAT Reading section, including the number of questions to expect, the time requirement, and the types of questions presented on the test
  • Differentiate between the two types of PSAT Critical Reading questions, including sentence-completion and passage-based reading questions
  • Identify examples of sentence-completion questions
  • Know the kinds of reading passages you will encounter on the Reading section of the PSAT
  • Recognize strategies for answering and/or skipping questions on the PSAT
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About the PSAT Reading Test
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