# Getting Ready For the PSAT October 12, 2012. Tests you’ll be taking this year PSAT is October 12 th from 1 st through 4 th periods. Students will eat.

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Getting Ready For the PSAT October 12, 2012

Tests you’ll be taking this year PSAT is October 12 th from 1 st through 4 th periods. Students will eat during 5 th period (Bring a check for \$22.00 made out to Clayton High School to the counseling office and give it to Mrs. Hellwig) Sophomores – PLAN (Practice ACT) is Nov. 10 Juniors -Practice ACT is January 11 th Juniors -Free District-Choice ACT is April 25 th

What to bring to the PSAT A couple of # 2 pencils Calculator ID Social security # and Email address are optional

Collegeboard.com a free resource for students

How is the PSAT scored Three subtests with a scale scores of 20 – 80 Average junior scores are: Reading – 47 Math – 43 Writing – 46 Total score is the sum of the three: R&M&W Average of juniors – 136 National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) Average NM for Missouri score is 205 - 214

About Guessing Educated guessing means guessing an answer whenever you are able to eliminate one or more of the choices as definitely wrong. Educated guessing may help you. Random guessing probably won't help you because of the way the test is scored. Random guessing means that you have no idea which answer choice is correct. Don't waste time on that kind of question. Move on to the next one.

Sentence Completions 1. Read the entire sentence to yourself. 2. Watch for introductory or connecting words and phrases like "but," "not," "because," etc. 3. In sentences with two blanks, make sure the words for both blanks make sense in the sentence. 4. Start by working with one blank at a time. 5. Stay within the meaning of the sentence. 6. Before you mark your answer, read the complete sentence with your choice filled in.

Math Multiple Choice 1. Look at the answer choices before you begin to work on each question. 2. Read each question carefully, even if it looks like a question you don't think you can answer. Don't let the form of the question keep you from trying to answer it. 3. If your answer isn't among the choices, try writing it in a different form. You may have the same answer in a different mathematical format.

Identifying Sentence Errors 1. Read the entire sentence carefully but quickly. 2. Look at choices (A) through (D) to see whether anything needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. 3. Don't waste time searching for errors. Mark (E) No error, on your answer sheet if you believe the sentence is correct as written. 4. Move quickly through questions about Identifying Sentence Errors. The other kinds of questions (Improving Sentences and Improving Paragraphs) will probably take more time. 5. Mark questions that seem hard for you and return to them later.

Improving Sentences 1. Read the entire sentence carefully but quickly. Note the underlined portion because that is the portion that may have to be revised. 2. Remember that the portion with no underline stays the same. 3. Mark choice (A) if the underlined portion seems correct. Check the other choices quickly to make sure that (A) is really the best choice. 4. Think of how you would revise the underlined portion if it seems wrong. Look for your revision among the choices given. 5. Replace the underlined portion of the sentence with choices (B) through (E) if you don't find your revision. Concentrate on the choices that seem clear and exact when you read them.

Eat a good breakfast on the morning of the test. Get plenty of sleep the night before. Do not “stress” over standardized test-taking. Prepare yourself for the kind of questions that will be asked by reviewing the PSAT prep booklet that we are handing out today.

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