PSAT - Critical Reading

The PSAT Critical Reading section tests the student's language abilities along with their ability to think critically. The Writing Skills section is a pure language ability test but the Critical Reading section of the PSAT tests your critical analyzing abilities by using the English language as a medium.


  • The Critical Reading section of the PSAT consists of two types of questions namely Sentence Completion and Critical Reading.
  • In the Critical Reading section, you shall have to face a total of 48 multiple-choice questions, out of which there would be 13 Sentence Completion and 35 Critical Reading questions.
  • Sentence Completion questions require you to fill in a blank with the appropriate word from the options, whereas the Critical Reading questions are based upon passages.

Exam Focus' Practice Support

Ensure that you have practiced this section well before you decide to take the test. After all, a perfect score can be achieved only if you practice and prepare well. Use Exam Focus' sample practice questions to get your skills sharpened.

Testing & Scoring Scheme

  • This section does not test the extent of your preparation; instead, it tests its quality. You should develop tact and logic in order to answer the questions of this section confidently.
  • During your practice, you should be concentrating more on understanding the logic behind each question. If you get a question wrong, try to understand the whole logic behind it in order to improve your ability of analyzing any issue critically.
  • Each of the individual sections of the PSAT is scored on a scale ranging between 20 and 80 points. This scoring technique is analogous to SAT scoring, which ranges between 200 and 800.