Slide 1: Skills Tested on the PSAT/NMSQT
Sample PSAT/NMSQT Questions
Scoring the PSAT/NMSQT
Test Preparation Strategies Prepare for the PSAT/NMSQT®:
A Step to the Future
Slide 2: Measures academic skills you’ll need for college
Serves as an entry point to National Merit Scholarship Corporation competitions and practice for the SAT
Taken by more than 3.5 million students in 2008 (45% eleventh-graders and 55% tenth-graders or younger) What is the PSAT/NMSQT?
Slide 3: Preparation for the SAT®
Scholarship and recognition opportunities (11th grade)
College and career planning tools
Admissions and financial aid information from colleges
Feedback on academic skills Benefits of the PSAT/NMSQT
Slide 4: The test assesses the academic skills that you’ve developed over the years, primarily through your course work.
These skills are considered essential for success in high school and college:
Critical Reading
Mathematics
Writing Skills What Skills are tested on the PSAT/NMSQT?
Slide 5: Use content from:
-humanities
-social studies
-natural sciences
-literature
13 Sentence Completions
35 Passage-Based Reading Questions
(100- to 800-word passages) Critical Reading Questions
Slide 6: Use content from:
-numbers and operations
-algebra and functions
-geometry and measurement
-data analysis
-statistics
-probability
28 Multiple-Choice Questions
10 Student-Produced Response Questions (“Grid-ins”) Mathematics Questions
Slide 7: Focus on editing, grammar, usage, and organization.
20 Improving Sentences Questions
14 Identifying Sentence Error Questions
5 Improving Paragraph Questions Writings Skills Questions
Slide 8: Question Types:
The same, except the PSAT/NMSQT does not have an essay component.
Length:
The PSAT/NMSQT is 2 hours, 10 minutes.
The SAT is 3 hours, 45 minutes.
Level of Difficulty:
The PSAT/NMSQT does not have 11th grade-level math questions. How does the PSAT/NMSQT
compare to the SAT?
Slide 9: Sample Questions
Slide 10: If ax + bx = 36, what is the value of x when a + b = 12? The expression ax + bx is equivalent to (a + b) x, so the equation ax + bx = 36 is equivalent to (a + b) x = 36.
When a + b = 12, the equation becomes 12x = 36, which can be solved to get x = 3. 3
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(C)12
(D) 24
(E) 48 Math Section: Multiple Choice
Slide 11: Multiply each member of the equation by 12
(the common denominator) to get 3h + 4 = 10h
Subtract 3h from both sides to get 7h = 4
Divide by 7
h = 4/7. If h
4 1
3 5h
6 + = , then what is the value of h? Math Section: Student-Produced Response 4 / 7 Know the Student-Produced Response Directions!
The correct answer must be gridded correctly to receive credit.
What is written in the boxes cannot be scored.
Slide 12: A scientific or graphing calculator is recommended.
Bring a familiar calculator. Test day is not the time
to figure out how to use a new calculator. Calculators are Encouraged
Slide 13: Multiple-choice questions:
1 point for each correct
¼ point deducted for each incorrect
Math grid-ins:
1 point for each correct
0 points for each incorrect
0 points for omitted questions How is the PSAT/NMSQT Scored?
Slide 14: Scale:
20-80 for each test section
Averages:
11th Graders: 47-50
10th Graders: 43-46
Younger Students: 38-42 How is the PSAT/NMSQT Scored?
Slide 15: How is the PSAT/NMSQT Scored? 2007 Math Conversion Chart
Slide 16: The PSAT/NMSQT Score Report:
contains information to help you improve your academic skills.
lists skills that you have the best chance of improving with additional work.
includes advice, written by teachers, on how to improve those skills. Personalized Skills Information
Slide 17: READ!
Continuous reading improves vocabulary and develops essential skills.
Read more books than just those required for class.
Take Challenging Courses!
This will help you to develop and strengthen your critical thinking skills. Test Preparation: Long-Term
Slide 18: Test Preparation: Test Readiness Strategies When you sit down to take the test:
Read all of the directions.
Do scratch work in the test book.
Work at a steady pace.
If you skip a question:
Note it in the test book.
Leave it blank on the answer sheet.
Return to it if there is time.
Remember: you don’t have to answer every question to score well.
Slide 19: Test Preparation: Test Readiness Strategies In most sections, the questions are arranged from easy to more difficult (except for passage-based reading in the critical reading section and improving paragraphs in the writing skills section).
Wild guessing is discouraged, but students should make educated guesses when answer choices can be eliminated.