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Varsity Tutors offers PSAT prep to students who are getting ready for the various versions of the PSAT. If you think PSAT tutoring can help your student learn better test-taking skills, contact Varsity Tutors today. With PSAT preparation, your student's confidence level in their understanding of the material can increase.

The PSAT is a series of standardized tests that are designed to give students in 10th and 11th grade the opportunity practice for the rigors of the SAT. Additionally, those students who take the PSAT/NMSQT exam can qualify as a National Merit scholar if they score well. The PSAT 10 are the same tests as the PSAT/NMSQT, but are taken in the spring, and do not qualify one to be a National Merit scholar. The PSAT 8/9 is designed for students in the eighth and ninth grades for an assessment of their academic abilities. The results can indicate their readiness for future college exams. PSAT test prep will be conducted in a private learning environment where your student can ask any questions. The one-on-one PSAT class creates a great opportunity for a tutor to respond to each question and give the student more attention than in a classroom setting. PSAT classes are conducted in distraction-free settings to help your student improve their focus on the material that needs to be studied.

Your student can benefit from PSAT prep when preparing to take the PSAT 10 or PSAT/NMSQT as well by getting an academic assessment. In the first session of PSAT test prep, a tutor can assess the student to identify weak and strong areas. Having a baseline of current knowledge can help a tutor create a specific lesson plan to maximize the PSAT course. Time won't be wasted during PSAT prep because a tutor can focus on those weak areas first.

A tutor can provide timed practice tests during PSAT test prep so your student can get an idea of how the exam day may go. The practice test results will let a tutor know what the student needs to review further during the PSAT courses. For example, some students may need assistance in learning relaxation techniques to help them prepare for the possible stress of the day. PSAT tutors can help students learn how to relax and refocus their mind so they can more easily remember material.

The following list details topics that are covered on the PSAT 10 and PSAT/NMSQT. A tutor can incorporate topics such as the following into PSAT test prep sessions to help your student prepare for the exam:

  • Linear expressions
  • Linear equations
  • Solving multi-step problems
  • Comparing linear and exponential growth
  • Quadratic functions
  • Solving quadratic equations
  • Command of evidence
  • Analyze social studies, science, and history passages
  • Understanding words in context

PSAT preparation can help students learn better study techniques to improve the way they review the information that can be tested on the exam. Every student is unique and learns best in specific ways. PSAT tutors can help ascertain whether your student is an auditory or visual learner. If they learn better by hearing, a tutor can plan Q&A sessions to help them learn how to understand words in context. Students may learn better through visual techniques, and a tutor can show graphs and charts on how to solve multi-step problems.

In the next few sections, we'll review the tests that make up the PSAT. Continue reading to find out more about each test and how a PSAT tutor can help your student feel ready for test day.

PSAT Reading Prep

Varsity Tutors offers PSAT Reading test preparation for students getting ready to take the PSAT assessment. Students take the PSAT to prepare for taking the SAT and to potentially qualify for National Merit Scholar designation. Your child can be better prepared to take these preliminary exams by working with PSAT Reading tutors. Contact Varsity Tutors today to get more information on how your student can benefit from increased confidence for test day and better study skills through PSAT Reading prep.

During PSAT Reading test preparation, a tutor can drill students on material that they may see on the exam. Your student can learn test-taking skills so they can confidently tackle the exam. A tutor can share relaxation techniques during PSAT Reading courses that can be used if your student gets nervous while taking the actual exam. Building time-management skills is an important lesson students can learn while taking PSAT Reading preparation as well. Your student can take timed practice tests during PSAT Reading test prep, so a tutor can identify where sessions should focus while your student gets familiar with the timing expectations they'll need to meet on test day.

If you have a busy schedule, you can be connected with a tutor that is flexible to both your schedule and your student's. The PSAT Reading class will be conducted in a distraction-free environment. This personalized PSAT Reading prep tutoring structure can provide your student with the perfect opportunity to ask questions and dive deeper into the material. A Live Learning Platform is available for online tutoring, and a computer, phone, or tablet and an internet connection is all that is necessary.

Topics such as Interpreting Data and Analyzing a Hypothesis are some of the skills that the student will need to know when taking the PSAT 10 and PSAT/NMSQT. The following list of topics gives insight into some of what can be reviewed in PSAT reading prep:

  • Finding evidence in a reading passage
  • Relationships between graphics and passages
  • Using context clues to understand word meanings
  • Analyzing a hypothesis
  • Interpreting data

PSAT Reading test prep is designed to focus directly on your student. The first PSAT Reading course session can involve a tutor testing your student for baseline knowledge. A tutor can use this baseline as a guide for planning the direction of the PSAT reading tutoring process. Identifying the student's strengths and weakness in the Reading Section can dictate how sessions can be organized. PSAT Reading test prep can be directed around weak areas that your student needs help understanding better. As tutoring progresses and your child reaches predetermined benchmarks, goals can be reevaluated.

A tutor can prepare your child for the PSAT 8/9 by reviewing the following list of Reading Section topics in PSAT Reading test prep:

  • Identifying how an author supports their claims with evidence
  • Find evidence that supports a conclusion in a reading passage
  • Understanding how word choice of a passage affects tone, style, and meaning
  • Considering the implications of an experiment

Properly preparing for educational assessments is important for your student's future education path. You can help your student learn better test-taking skills from a qualified tutor by having them complete PSAT Reading classes. Personalized tutoring can make a difference in how confident your student is on exam day. Get them started today with PSAT Reading prep by contacting Varsity Tutors.

PSAT Writing and Language Prep

PSAT Writing and Language prep from Varsity Tutors can be a great benefit to your student's PSAT Writing and Language preparation. Your student's PSAT Writing and Language test prep is focused on the exact area of the test where they need the most development. PSAT Writing and Language prep is flexible and focused on your student's needs. PSAT Writing and Language test prep is an excellent way for your student to get ready for the rigors of these exams.

A PSAT Writing and Language class takes place over our Live Learning Platform. Your student's PSAT Writing and Language class is online to remove one of the potential barriers to test prep. It can be difficult for some students to receive PSAT Writing and Language tutoring because of the challenge of commuting, finding a convenient location to meet, and matching the schedule of a local tutor. We offer PSAT Writing and Language preparation online that features face to face learning and a virtual whiteboard to address this concern.

PSAT Writing and Language test preparation is an intensive one-on-one experience based around your student's needs. Because everyone learns differently, PSAT Writing and Language classes can assess your student's abilities and base the lesson time around their strengths and weaknesses. Additionally, the instructors in PSAT Writing and Language courses can be attentive to your student's learning style. This attention to your student's needs and abilities is an important benefit of your student's time with PSAT Writing and Language tutors.

Throughout your student's PSAT Writing and Language prep, they can work with the instructor to answer practice questions, discuss key ideas, and receive feedback. The live feedback that PSAT Writing and Language test prep offers means that your student is able to build better study habits, which can lead to increased confidence. Below is a list of skills and ideas that your student can study during their PSAT Writing and Language course:

  • Command of Evidence
  • Words in Context
  • Analysis in History, Social Studies, and Science
  • Expressions of Ideas
  • Standard English Conventions

Additionally, your student and the instructor are able to make a detailed plan for the time they spend in their PSAT Writing and Language class. This allows your student to focus their energies on the most important aspects of the test for them. By making an effective plan for their PSAT Writing and Language test prep, your student is able to maximize the time they spend preparing.


In PSAT Writing and Language prep, your student also has the opportunity to develop their test-taking strategies. The PSAT prepares students for the challenges of the SAT, and a test of this scope can be intimidating. Test-taking strategies that help your student to manage their time effectively on the exam, prioritize which questions to answer, and narrow the range of possibilities for a particular question, are a way for your student to feel more prepared and confident while taking this exam.


As your student prepares for the PSAT, consider PSAT Writing and Language test prep from Varsity Tutors. This service can help your student build confidence, skills, and understanding of the material. If you would like your student to experience the benefit of PSAT Writing and Language prep, contact an Educational Consultant online or over the phone.

PSAT Math Prep

For students interested in receiving additional assistance in math prior to the PSAT, Varsity Tutors can locate PSAT Math prep that's appropriate for you. A PSAT Math course allows students to receive the kind of individual attention that they rarely receive in a classroom. In the traditional classroom setting, students are often forced to keep up with the rest of the class and move on to new topics even if they're having difficulty understanding the one that was just covered. During your PSAT Math prep, you have the opportunity to ask questions as they arise, and your tutor can respond immediately to any concerns you have. We can find PSAT Math tutors who can pinpoint your trouble spots and design your PSAT Math preparation to focus on those topics. Overall, PSAT Math test prep can make you feel more comfortable heading into exam day.

The Math test comprises a significant portion of the PSAT, so receiving extra help through PSAT Math tutoring can prove pivotal for many students. For those students taking the PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT Math test prep can be especially important since earning a high score on the exam could help you become a National Merit Scholar.

The math section of the PSAT covers several important aspects of the exam, including understanding specific concepts and how to apply those ideas. Every student has his or her own areas of difficulty when it comes to math, which is why the private attention afforded you by PSAT Math prep can be so important in giving you a better opportunity to perform well on the exam. For example, if you're struggling with how to solve equations in a quick and efficient manner, your PSAT Math test prep can walk you through the steps in solving sample problems with the goal of increasing your fluency in the subject. With the help of PSAT Math tutoring, you have an opportunity to increase your familiarity with the other types of questions you'll be asked in the math section of the PSAT, which can be extremely beneficial during the exam. Here is a list of the skills you will be expected to demonstrate in the math section of the PSAT:

  • Fluency
    • Solving problems quickly using efficient methods
    • Carrying out accurate and flexible procedures
  • Conceptual Understanding
    • Math concepts
    • Math operations
    • Math relations
  • Applications
    • Analyzing real-world situations and finding mathematical solutions

Varsity Tutors understands the importance of PSAT Math prep in giving a student their best chance to score well on the exam. That's why they strive to make the scheduling process for your PSAT Math test prep as smooth as possible. You can schedule your PSAT Math test preparation at your convenience. In addition, you have several options to make PSAT Math preparation more accessible. We provide tools so that you can participate in all of your PSAT Math courses online, a convenient benefit that makes it easier to work around your busy schedule. Online PSAT Math classes can be accessed through your cell phone, desktop computer, or tablet, putting the opportunity to learn at your fingertips and giving you the chance to receive academic assistance from the location that's best for your needs. Contact Varsity Tutors today to learn more about our services, and we can set you up with PSAT Math prep dedicated to helping you succeed.

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Educational Directors at Varsity Tutors are available to explain the benefits of PSAT prep to you and how it can benefit your student. Contact us today to get your student started with PSAT test preparation from a qualified instructor who can assist with properly reviewing material, honing test-taking skills, and maximizing study time.

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