TACTICAL PSAT STRATEGIES. Learning Systems Houston, Texas www.TestGuys.net. What is the PSAT ?. It’s different from other tests. It is a REASONING test. It’s designed to test your ability to think. It is used for the National Merit Competition and other such scholarship programs.
It’s different from other tests.
All Multiple-Choice Questions
Student-Produced Math Answers
Score Range: 60 - 240 pts.
Average score = 150 (mean)
Perfect score = 240
TX Soph. Avg: 124
TX Jr. Avg: 134
You won’t read them when
you take the PSAT because,
by the end of this course, you
will know them all.
Want to finish first!
Just hope they can finish!
Do What They Can Do
And Don't Worry About
What They Can't Do!
get them correct.
Sentence Completion Critical Reading
2. Easy B
5. Medium I
7. Hard G
Power Test Concept
Verbal Section: The J.A.S. WaySentence Completion Critical Reading1. 22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199. 24.Power Test Concept
Verbal Section: The Right WaySentence Completion Critical Reading1. 188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206. 24.Power Test Concept
17. Geometry Hard
Look For “Favorites”
after you bog down
on two in a row!
Power Test Concept
Next To Last Math Question
ALWAYS KNOW WHERE YOU ARE!!!
Beware of obvious answers in the bottom 1/3!
at times into a name-calling contest.
(A) boring (B) insightful (C) lofty
(D) chaotic (E) frivolous
Everyone read the following out loud on the count of…
John went to
to the store.
If you can eliminate two or more of the answer choices, make an educated guess!
Correct Answer Balance
Incorrect Answer Balance
Unimbrusity (- x - = +)
Refer to pages 8-9 in Your Pink Book.
(Critical Reading Tactics)
A. Subject - But Not A Proper Noun
Olympic downhill skiers……….
B. Action Words - What happened
10. If I don’t get a good score, I can listen to
my iPod and take AP Lunch.
9. My parents made me take this
course…I’ll show them!
8. People might see me do it and
think I’m trying to be
smart or something.
7. It takes too much time.
6. I can’t draw a straight line or circle.
5. I don’t want to mark up the page. It’s so pretty!
4. It’s so “whatever... like you know.”
3. #2 Black Lead is so depressing.
2. Following rules is a real drag, man.
And, the #1 reason why students don’t
want to underline Key Words/Clues:
1. It stifles my creativity!
The Olympic swimmer’s body temperature began to decline after hours of exposure to the _____ water of the English Channel.
Though his lecture contained ideas that were soporific and dull, his style of delivery was so _____ I actually became quite interested.
She was a woman of contrasts; periods of _____alternated with periods of frenetic activity.
Because she has a great need for _____, she greatly dislikes the public appearances required of her as a best-selling author.
A. defiant . . . strife
B. tragic . . . frustration
C. gratifying . . . satisfaction
D. arduous . . . reward
E. purposeful . . . ambition
This successful “dot.com” entrepreneur is _____ and _____; always positive in attitude and attentive to small details.
A. energetic … oblivious
B. upbeat … alert
C. cynical … heedless
D. caustic … careful
E. wealthy… wary
A. background … achievements
B. aptitude … intellect
C. talent … expertise
D. style … range
E. nationality … gender
Comfort Zone WordsWords Seen Or Heard In English Class, But Not Really Known Or Understood By J.A.S.These Words Seem Familiar To J.A.S.
trite, terse, hackneyed, cliché
_____ and _____
word and _____
_____ and word
Use one “word” position to eliminate wrong answers,
then use the other “word” position to find the correct
Cool Dude = Aloof Amateur Cowboy
Burfetta was ______, that is she was sober.
sober = not intoxicated….but, it can mean “serious,
What to do:
Count the number of questions!
This will allow you to:
Critical Reading Summary Read Questions First - Organize Your Plan Of Attack Answer “Vocab” Questions - First Answer “Single-Line Number Questions - Second Answer “Multi-Line Number Questions - Third Answer Specific Fact Questions - Fourth Save For Last - “Primary Purpose” “Main Idea” “Best Title” “Implied/Inferred Questions” Tone/Mood Questions
Tactics15 - 17
Do them in the following order:
What to do:
"Main Idea," "Author's Purpose,” or
Do Not Make Random Guesses On
Critical Reading Passage Questions!
94% missed it. Are you ready for this?
X + 2 = 5
X = ?
X + 2 = 5
X = ?
Underline Key Words
Use the drawing
Put facts on the figure.
Draw it if it’s not there.
Keys To Success On Math Questions
KEY # 3 - Write The Formula
(a) Look for the last comma - What follows is the
question being asked!
(b) Read the WHOLE last sentence!
If there is no comma, the question
will be the last sentence.
12. If n pizzas can be made for d dollars, how
many dollars will it cost to make p pizzas
at the same rate?
(A) (pd) n
(B) (p) (nd)
(C) (np) p
(D) (nd) p
20. If x and y are positive integers, then 5x 2(x+y) =A. 10x 2yB. 102x 2yC. 10x+yD. 102x+yE. 52(x+y)
Ex. 1: If the average (arithmetic mean) of 4, 5,6,
and K is 8, then K =
If = 4N - 4, then + =
Eating food with a high concentration of fat causes the same reaction in the stomach than if you eat too fast.
A. than if you eat
B. than to eat
C. as if one eats
D. as eating
E. as it does when eating
For its nineteenth-century explorer and discoverers,
Bohemia were an identifiable country with visible
inhabitants, but one not marked on any map.
I. IMPROVING SENTENCES
All or part of the sentence will be underlined.
Answer (A) is the same as "No Error" – 20% Rule.
If there is a mistake, mark out (A) immediately!
II. IDENTIFYING SENTENCE ERRORS
Only one error per sentence – error will be underlined.
Answer (E) – "No Error" – 20% Rule
If an underlined part is correct, mark it out.
Everyone on the baseball teamwho came up
to bat squinted at the pitcher in order to keep the
sun’s glaring rays out of their eyes. No error
III. IMPROVING PARAGRAPHS
Going Back To The Passage – First!