Home > Articles > Professional Certifications

Overview of the PSAT Math Section

  • Print
  • + Share This
The PSAT Math Test is designed to test your ability to reason mathematically, to understand basic math terminology, and to recall basic mathematic formulas and principles. This chapter will help you prepare for the Math section of the PSAT with sample questions and detailed answers.
This chapter is from the book

This chapter is from the book

Terms You'll Need to Understand

  • Absolute value

  • Acute angle

  • Adjacent angle

  • Arc

  • Area

  • Associative Property

  • Average

  • Base of a triangle

  • Circumference

  • Commutative Property

  • Complementary angle

  • Congruent

  • Coordinate Plane

  • Denominator

  • Diameter

  • Distributive Property

  • Divisible

  • Domain

  • Equilateral triangle

  • Exponent

  • Factor

  • Function

  • Greatest Common Factor (GCF)

  • Hypotenuse

  • Improper fractions

  • Inequality

  • Integer

  • Intersection

  • Isosceles triangle

  • Least Common Multiple (LCM)

  • Line

  • Line segment

  • Median

  • Midpoint

  • Mixed numbers

  • Mode

  • Numerator

  • Obtuse angle

  • Parallel

  • Perimeter

  • Percent

  • Point

  • Prime number

  • Proportion

  • Pythagorean Theorem

  • Quadrilateral

  • Radius

  • Range

  • Ratio

  • Reciprocal

  • Right angle

  • Sequence

  • Set

  • Similar triangles

  • Slope

  • Square root

  • System of equations

  • Tangent

  • Transversal

  • Vertical angle

  • Volume

Concepts You'll Need to Master

  • Basic arithmetic operations on real numbers, including integers and fractions

  • Properties of integers

  • Calculating averages and determining median and mode

  • Translating word problems

  • Simplifying algebraic expressions

  • Factoring polynomials

  • Solving algebraic equations and inequalities

  • Working with number sets and sequences

  • Properties of parallel and perpendicular lines

  • Relationships between angles in geometric figures

  • Properties of triangles, polygons, and circles, including perimeter, area, and circumference

  • Simple coordinate geometry, including using slope and midpoint formulas

The PSAT Math Test is designed to test your ability to reason mathematically, to understand basic math terminology, and to recall basic mathematic formulas and principles. You should be able to solve problems and apply relevant mathematics concepts in arithmetic, algebra, and geometry.

Remember these general strategies when approaching PSAT math questions.

Draw Pictures

It really helps sometimes to visualize the problem. This strategy should not take a lot of time, and can prevent careless errors. Sometimes you are given a figure or a table; sometimes you just have to make your own. Use the blank space that is available in the math section of the test booklet.

  • + Share This
  • 🔖 Save To Your Account