## How to Prepare for the PSAT/NMSQTThis updated manual reflects the substantial changes in the Preliminary SAT and the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, effective October 2004. The book presents one diagnostic test and 6 full-length practice tests that reflect the actual test in subject matter, length, and degree of difficulty. All questions are answered and explained. The authors present updated subject reviews in verbal reasoning, math reasoning, and writing skills. |

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### Contents

Preface v | |

How to Approach the PSATNMSQT 21 | ix |

PART TWO DIAGNOSE YOUR PROBLEM | xv |

PART THREE CRITICAL READING | liii |

Improving Critical Reading Comprehension 78 | lxvi |

Building Your Vocabulary 106 | ci |

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