PSAT REVIEW Most Frequently Missed Questions
Critical Reading • Skill Category: Determining the Meaning of Words Use vocabulary skills, context, roots, prefixes, and suffixes to determine the meaning of words.
The Scientists presentation was ________: they misstated, misinterpreted, and thoroughly misunderstood all aspects of the subject. • irresolute • mundane • equivocal • deplorable • superficial
The themes of the painter’s work were largely ______, showing little drama or imaginative flair. • esoteric • quixotic • bombastic • pedestrian • ephemeral
Writing Skills • Skill Category: Manage Word Choice and Grammatical Relationships Between Words Understand relationships between and among words including subject-verb agreement, pronoun reference, and verb form and tense.
Archeologists have determined that the city was destroyed sometime in the eleventh century, resulting either from a war or a natural disaster. • century, resulting either from • century, either resulting from • century, which either resulted from • century either as a result of • century as the result of either
E. century as the result of either
The Caesar salad was named not for the Roman emperor Julius Caesar, as many people assume, it is named for the restaurant owner Caesar Cardini. • it is named • it was named • but it was named • it was named • but
The security office recommends that, when asked to provide a computer password, do not use any string of letters that can be found in a dictionary. • do not choose • not to choose • not choosing • you not choose • your choice should be
D. you not choose
Born in London to Bengali parents and raised in Rhode Island, JhumpaLahiri’s fiction explored cultural conflicts that often arise for those who emigrate from India to the United States. • JhumpaLahiri’s fiction explores • JhumpaLahiri, whose fiction explores • JhumpaLahiri explores in her fiction • in whose fiction, JhumpaLahiri explores • the fiction of JhumpaLahiri explores
C. JhumpaLahiri explores in her fiction
Writing Skills • Skill Category: Manage Grammatical Structures Used to Modify or Compare Understand correct use of adjectives or adverbs, comparative structures (such as neither and nor), and phrases used to modify or compare. Select the one underlined part of the sentence that must be changed to make the sentence correct, or select "No error" to indicate that the sentence contains no error.
(a.) As young men, Orville Wright worked (b.) alongside his older brother Wilbur, (c.) first in a printing business and later in a bicycle shop, which (d.) soon became the site of aeronautical experiments. (e.) no error
A. As young men, Orville Wright worked
The Pirahã people of Brazil (a) communicate almost as much by singing, whistling, (b) and humming (c) than they (d) do by pronouncing consonants and vowels. (e) No error
C. than they
(a) Since the age of eighteen, Yuan-tsung Chen left Beijing (b) for the countryside (c) to participate in land reform efforts; her novel, The Dragon’s Village , is (d) based on her experiences there. (e) No error
A. Since the age of eighteen, Yuan-tsung Chen left Beijing
Had the sound of children playing not (a) awakened him when (b) they did , he would (c) in all probability (d) have missed his plane. (e) No error
B. they did , he would
Organs (a) located in the tail of the electric eel (b) enables the animal (c) to produce electricity, which it uses (d) in hunting prey. (e) No error
B. enables the animal
When governments intervene (a) on behalf of favored businesses, (b) give subsidies to corporations, (c) or supposedly business-friendly policies, (d) it violates the principle of free market competition. (e) No error
D. it violates the principle of free market competition.
(a) That the thieves (b) were unable to sell the sculptures they (c) had smuggled out of Sicily suggests that the market for stolen antiquities (d) has shrunk . (e) No error
E. No error