How can a tutor help you master the PSAT?
Doing well on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) can allow you to become a National Merit Scholar, a prestigious honor noticed by colleges that may be awarded with copious financial aid. If you're serious about doing as well as you can on the PSAT, access to a top PSAT tutor can provide you with an extra competitive edge on test day. Let Varsity Tutors connect you with a professional test-taking tutor in your area to help you build the skills needed to succeed.
The PSAT/NMSQT tests your critical reading skills, your problem-solving skills in math, and your writing skills - not by asking you to write anything, but by having you answer multiple-choice questions where you will identify grammatical and rhetorical errors of expression. The critical reading portion of the PSAT/NMSQT is broken down into two sections, each 25 minutes long. This portion has a total of 48 questions, 13 of which are sentence completion questions that test the depth and breadth of your knowledge in vocabulary. The remaining 35 questions test your ability to understand, interpret, and analyze passages of text. A private PSAT/NMSQT tutor can help you prepare for this section by going over reading passage examples and testing your comprehension of the material, providing you with the kinds of questions you are sure to see on the exam.
The math portion of the PSAT/NMSQT is divided into two 25-minute sections and has a total of 38 questions. Ten of these questions will ask you to grid in your answers, while the other 28 are multiple-choice. The math covered will include algebra, geometry, basic operations, and data analysis, so it's not quite as tough as the SAT, but is still challenging. It's common for students to have trouble recalling the math skills that they learned years ago. To address this, your tutor will refresh you on the foundational concepts that are most important to remember and will drill you across all of the topics that will be covered on the test.
The writing portion of the PSAT/NMSQT is only 30 minutes long, but it consists of 39 questions. Fourteen of these ask you to identify an error in a sentence, 20 ask you to improve a sentence, and five questions ask you to improve paragraphs. Your tutor can help you prepare for this section of the exam by providing you with examples of the questions in the writing portion and working to improve how well and how quickly you are able to identify any needed corrections.
Your private PSAT/NMSQT tutor will know the test backwards and forwards. The tutors are ready to teach you crucial strategies to help you maximize your time on test day and achieve the best score you can. Your tutor can meet with you whenever and wherever works best in your schedule, using lesson plans that are tailored to address your specific concerns and learning style. Need to spend more time on one concept and only quickly review another? That's just fine! Each and every student has a different way that they learn best. This is why traditional classroom teaching often doesn't cover everything that is needed for everyone involved. Private tutoring is much more personalized. Your PSAT/NMSQT tutoring sessions are based on your strengths and weaknesses, and your tutor is committed to helping you review whichever concepts you need to in order to help you succeed on test day. Working with a tutor will also provide you with the confidence that makes it less likely you'll feel overwhelmed on test day. Call Varsity Tutors today to get connected with a PSAT/NMSQT tutor and learn about the advantages of professional, personal tutoring.
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