Before you get all worried about the PSAT test, let me just calm you down. You won't actually have to write anything on the PSAT Writing Section, which is just one of the three sections on the PSAT (the other two: Math and Critical Reading). Good news, right? Before I let you off the hook completely, though, here's what you will have to do:
PSAT Writing Skills Basics
Before I jump into the specifics of question types, here are the PSAT Writing basics:
- Contains one 30-minute section
- Tests grammar, mechanics, and word choice
- Contains 39 questions total
- Three question types
- Can earn you between 20 and 80 points, or 1/3 of your PSAT score.
PSAT Writing Average Scores
Here’s the good news: the average PSAT Writing Skills score for 2009 was a 46 for juniors and a 41 for sophomores, so most of your fellow PSAT-takers are getting about half right, half wrong.
PSAT Writing Question Types:
On the PSAT Writing section, you'll be answering the following three types of questions:
PSAT Writing Practice:
Check out my PSAT Writing Practice Tests to help you prepare for this section.