# PSAT PREP Titan Forum Lesson Plans October, 2013.

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PSAT PREP Titan Forum Lesson Plans October, 2013

What's on the Test The PSAT/NMSQT includes five sections: Two 25-minute critical reading sections Two 25-minute math sections One 30-minute writing skills section The whole test requires two hours and 10 minutes. Students should expect to be at South for approximately 3 hours. 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.

CRITIAL READING CRITICAL READING Two 25-minute critical reading sections Read the entire sentence to yourself. Watch for introductory or connecting words and phrases like "but," "not," "because," etc. In sentences with two blanks, make sure the words for both blanks make sense in the sentence. Start by working with one blank at a time. Stay within the meaning of the sentence. Before you mark your answer, read the complete sentence with your choice filled in.

MATH Two 25-minute math sections Multiple-choice math questions Here are some general hints for answering Regular Multiple Choice questions. Look at the answer choices before you begin to work on each question. 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. 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.

MATH Students are advised to bring a calculator with which they are comfortable. Students should have basic knowledge of 4 math categories: 1.Numbers and Operation 2.Algebra and Functions (but not 3rd year level math that may appear on the new SAT) 3.Geometry and Measurement 4.Data Analysis, Statistics and Probability

WRITING SKILLS One 30-minute writing section Identifying sentence errors HELPFUL HINTS FOR IDENTIFYING SENTENCE ERRORS: Read the entire sentence carefully but quickly. Look at choices (A) through (D) to see whether anything needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Don't waste time searching for errors. Mark (E) No error, on your answer sheet if you believe the sentence is correct as written. Move quickly through questions about Identifying Sentence Errors. The other kinds of questions (Improving Sentences and Improving Paragraphs) will probably take more time. Mark questions that seem hard for you and return to them later.

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