I am thrilled to report that I finished my manuscript for the new Barron’s Strategies and Practice for the New PSAT/NMSQT this past week. This was the most challenging professional task I have ever taken on, given the very short amount of time and the minimal information available about the new PSAT. Fortunately, I am quite pleased with the 85,000 word final product and I look forward to using it with my students this spring.
I started writing the text in February after signing my contract with Barron’s. There was just enough information available at that time to create a body of practice and review materials. I carefully reviewed the College Board test specifications for the new SAT and PSAT, as well as the practice questions they released. It is fortunate that the new PSAT and SAT are more like the ACT than they were in the past, since I have great familiarity with the ACT having written the most recent Barron’s ACT Guide.
Just a few days before my April 1 deadline, the College Board finally released a full-length sample PSAT. I had to make a few tweaks to my book materials, but all in all my original materials were very well-aligned with the practice PSAT.
The new PSAT book will feature a number of things that will make it extremely useful for students preparing for the 2015 PSAT:
–Several hundred practice questions, representing the equivalent of over 3 full-length PSAT tests.
–Comprehensive answer explanations to every question, including explanations of why incorrect answers are wrong.
–Extensive strategies and content review.
You can check out the new book here:
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