Overview of the PSAT Math Section
 Draw Pictures
 Apply Logic
 Answer the Question That They Ask You
 Check the Choices
 Pick Numbers for the Variables
 Skip Around
 Read the Questions Carefully
 Look for "New Operations"
 Arithmetic
 Algebra
 Geometry
 Multiple Choice Versus StudentProduced Response
 Practice Questions
 Answer Explanations
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.