The PSAT Writing section consists of a total of 39 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 30 minutes. There are three types of PSAT Writing questions: Improving Sentences questions, Identifying Sentence Errors questions, and Improving Paragraphs questions. Below you can find more detailed information about the specific skills these questions test.
|Type of Question||Skills/Content Tested||# of Questions|
|Improving Sentences||sentence fragments; misplaced modifiers; redundancy; parallel construction; verb tense; subject-verb agreement; pronoun agreement, usage, and case; idioms; adverbs and adjectives; and comparison of similar objects||20 questions|
|Identifying Sentence Errors||parallel construction; verb tense; subject-verb agreement; pronoun agreement, usage, and case; idioms; adverbs and adjectives; and comparison of similar objects||14 questions|
|Improving Paragraphs||sentence revision, sentence addition, sentence combination, and analysis||5 questions|
To access sample Improving Sentences questions, visit the College Board website.
To access sample Identifying Sentence Errors questions, visit the College Board website.
To access sample Improving Paragraphs questions, visit the College Board website.
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