Common features of PSAT study guides include general information about the format of the exam, tips and practice exercises for each question type, and one or more complete practice tests. Comprehensive PSAT study guides should include sections on reading, writing and language, and math. Study guides usually include test-taking strategies and information regarding test scoring.
PSAT study guides often begin by covering the overall structure of the PSAT. The PSAT, which students take both as practice for the SAT and as a qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship, has undergone several updates and changes. As of 2016, the PSAT takes a student two hours and forty-five minutes to complete.
PSAT study guides should include specific tips for tackling various kinds of questions that frequently appear on the test. Like the SAT, the PSAT changed significantly in 2015, so students should use updated test prep materials. This new test includes a redesigned, “evidence-based” reading and writing assessment along with an updated math section.
Test prep materials often also include general test-taking strategies, such as process of elimination, and the importance of arriving for the test relaxed and well-rested.
PSAT study guides include detailed information about how the test is scored. Along with one or more full-length practice tests, PSAT study guides typically include self-scoring guides and answer keys complete with detailed explanations for every question.