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PSAT Exam Cram


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  • Copyright 2006
  • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • Pages: 360
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-3444-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-3444-0

The PSAT Exam Cram is the most targeted method for studying for the PSAT. This book offers you specific strategies for answering various question types, a suggested study schedule, a vocabulary list, and some basic admissions counseling information. You'll also find out the differences between knowledge, skills, and abilities, and how these are tested by the PSAT. Each exam topic (Critical Reading, Math Problem-Solving Skills, and Writing Skills) is discussed and every chapter is loaded with practice questions and examples, in addition to two full-length practice exams that cover all three areas. The new writing assignment is covered with sample answers, and the popular Cram Sheet tearcard is included to help you with last minute studying. Increase your chances of performing well the first time on the PSAT with the PSAT Exam Cram.

Sample Content

Online Sample Chapters

Math Section

Overview of the PSAT Math Section

Table of Contents

1. Critical Reading Section.

    Sentence Completion

    General Strategies

    Passage Based Reading

    General Strategies

    Passage Based Reading Question Types

    Practice Questions

    Answers and Explanations

    Sentence Completion (Questions 1-6)

    Passage Based Reading (Questions 7-25)

2. Writing Skills Section.

    General Strategies

    Basic Grammar Review

    Subject-Verb Agreement

    Misplaced Modifiers

    Parallel Construction

    Nouns and Pronouns

    Incomplete Sentences



    Identifying Sentence Errors, Improving Sentences, and Improving Paragraphs

    Identifying Sentence Errors

    Improving Sentences

    Improving Paragraphs

    Commonly Misused Words

    Accept, Except

    Affect, Effect

    Among, Between

    Assure, Insure, Ensure

    Compare to, Compare with

    Complement, Compliment

    Farther, Further

    Fewer, Less

    Imply, Infer

    Its, It's

    Lay, Lie

    Precede, Proceed

    Principal, Principle

    Set, Sit

    Than, Then

    That, Which

    There, Their, They're

    To, Too

    Your, You're

    Practice Questions

    Answer Explanations

    Identifying Sentence Errors _(Questions 1-14)

    Improving Sentences (Questions 15-34)

    Improving Paragraphs (Questions 35-39)

3. 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"


    Understanding Operations Using Whole Numbers, Decimals, and Fractions

    Understanding Squares and Square Roots

    Understanding Exponents

    Understanding Ratios and Proportions

    Understanding Percent and Percentages

    Understanding Simple Probability

    Understanding Number Lines and Sequences

    Understanding Absolute Value

    Understanding Mean, Median, and Mode


    Understanding Linear Equations with One Variable

    Understanding Systems of Equations

    Understanding Polynomial Operations and Factoring Simple Quadratic Expressions

    Understanding Linear Inequalities with One Variable

    Understanding Inequalities and Absolute Value Equations

    Understanding Functions


    Understanding the Coordinate Plane

    Understanding the Equation of a Line

    Understanding Slope

    Understanding Parallel and Perpendicular Lines

    Understanding Distance and Midpoint Formulas

    Understanding Properties and Relations of Plane Figures

    Understanding Angles

    Understanding Perimeter, Area, and Volume

    Understanding Word Problems

    Understanding Data Interpretation Problems

    Multiple Choice Versus Student-Produced Response

    Practice Questions

    Answer Explanations

    Multiple Choice (Questions 1-8)

    Student-Produced Response _(Questions 9-18)

4. Practice Exam 1.






5. Answer Key 1.

    SECTION 1-Critical Reading

    Sentence Completion (Questions 1-7)

    Reading Comprehension (Questions 8-23)

    SECTION 2-Math

    SECTION 3-Writing Skills

    Identifying Sentence Errors _(Questions 1-14)

    Improving Sentences (Questions 15-34)

    Improving Paragraphs (Questions 35-39)

    SECTION 4-Math

    Multiple Choice (Questions 1-8)

    Student Produced Response _(Questions 9-18)

    SECTION 5-Critical Reading

    Sentence Completion (Questions 1-6)

    Reading Comprehension (Questions 7-25)

6. Practice Exam 2.






7. Answer Key 2.


    SECTION 1-Critical Reading

    Sentence Completion (Questions 1-7)

    Reading Comprehension (Questions 8-21)

    SECTION 2-Math

    SECTION 3-Writing Skills

    Identifying Sentence Errors _(Questions 1-14)

    Improving Sentences (Questions 15-34)

    Improving Paragraphs (Questions 35-39)

    SECTION 4-Math

    Multiple Choice (Questions 1-8)

    Student Produced Response _(Questions 9-18)

    SECTION 5-Critical Reading

    Sentence Completion (Questions 1-6)

    Reading Comprehension (Questions 7-25)

8. What's Next?

    Choosing the Best College or University for You








    Social Environment


    Applying to College




    Personal Statements

    High School Course Work

    Mathematics: Algebra, Geometry

    English: Writing/Composition Courses

    Languages: Latin, Spanish, Italian, French

Appendix A: PSAT Vocabulary List.

Appendix B: Math Reference.

    Numbers and Operations

    The Properties of Integers

    Order of Operations (PEMDAS)

    Fractions and Rational Numbers

    Ratio, Proportion, and Percent

    Squares and Square Roots

    Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences

    Sets of Numbers

    Factors and Multiples


    Algebra and Functions




    Word Problems



    Coordinate Geometry


    Quadrilaterals, Lines, Angles


    Special Symbols

    Data Interpretation

Appendix C: Need to Know More: Additional Resources.

Appendix D: Scoring Worksheets and Tables.


    Critical Reading-Sections 1 & 5

    Writing-Section 3

    Multiple Choice Math ONLY-Section 2 & Questions 1-8 of Section 4

    Student-Produced Math ONLY-Questions 9-18 of Section 4

    Practice Exam 1 Scoring Worksheet

    Practice Exam 2 Scoring Worksheet




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