How to Study for the PSAT the Right Way
High school students are often required to take the PSAT in either their sophomore or junior years. If you’re one of them, you may have been informed about the PSAT by your school or by searching online. However, studying for the test isn’t the same thing as knowing what it is.
Fortunately, we’ve gathered a list of study tips for you as you prepare for the PSAT! Here are some of the best ways you can start studying:
- Don’t worry about memorizing.
The PSAT is based off of knowledge you should already know from your high school classes (and life, for that matter). Any math-related formulas you’ll need for the problems will be provided for you, and there won’t be any need to recall specific facts from history, science, or literature. The PSAT wants to see what you can work with on the spot with the information you’re given and what you already know.
- Pay attention in class and review your notes.
Since the PSAT relies on your learning history, it’s important you start paying attention to your classes and homework as early in your high school career as possible (and hopefully you were always doing this in the first place!). Go over any previous notes you took in class, and
If you’re not already an avid reader, you need to start. Reading has been proven to not only increase your knowledge, creativity, and passion for the world, but it helps you with critical thinking skills that transfer very well to test-taking. If you’re not sure where to start, ask your local librarian for some suggestions (and if you’re not the type to hold a physical book, Kindles and Nooks count, too!).
- Take a PSAT prep test.
A prep test for a prep test for another test? Yep, that’s kind of how it works. Get yourself a prep PSAT online or from the PSAT/NMSQT Official Student Guide. This is a great way to familiarize yourself with the test’s subjects, directions, and question types. You can also try practice questions if you feel you need more help with a specific type. Or opt in for our PSAT week with free classes on PSAT strategies.
- Review your answers.
Reviewing your answers will help you understand what you did well and where you need to improve your thinking or test-taking skills to do your best on the real thing.
Though this test is nowhere near as involved or heavily-considered by colleges as the SAT/ACT, it’s still important to study properly and well for it. It helps measure your smarts now, and therefore your ability to do well on the SAT/ACT and in college. Study up!