PSAT Exam Cram

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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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 149.9 x 226.1 x 22.9mm | 430.92g
  • Pearson It Certification
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • 0789734443
  • 9780789734440

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

Idiom

Rhetoric

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"

Arithmetic

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

Algebra

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

Geometry

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.

SECTION 1

SECTION 2

SECTION 3

SECTION 4

SECTION 5

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.

SECTION 1

SECTION 2

SECTION 3

SECTION 4

SECTION 5

7. Answer Key 2.

PRACTICE TEST 2 ANSWER KEY

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

Size

Location

Finances

Reputation

Resources

Athletics

Instructors

Social Environment

Diversity

Applying to College

Applications

Recommendations

Resume

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

Outcomes

Algebra and Functions

Factoring

Exponents

Inequalities

Word Problems

Functions

Geometry

Coordinate Geometry

Triangles

Quadrilaterals, Lines, Angles

Circles

Special Symbols

Data Interpretation

Appendix C: Need to Know More: Additional Resources.

Appendix D: Scoring Worksheets and Tables.

SCORING YOUR PSAT PRACTICE TEST

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

PSAT SCORING TABLES

Index.
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About Advantage Education

Steve Dulan is founder and president of Advantage Education, a company offering courses on PSAT, ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, Law School and Bar Review. Steve's background in teaching standardized testing classes is extensive, dating back to 1989 when he was an area director and master instructor for Kaplan, Inc. He has taught at various colleges on numerous topics including all of the standardized tests taken by high school and college students, as well as various law classes, the Graduate School Preparation Program and GRE Preparation Program for Underprivileged/ Minority College Students.
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