PSAT Writing and Language Practice Test 2024 (New PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10)

PSAT Writing and Language Practice Test 2024 (New PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10). This will help your Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Writing and Language exam Prep. You can also download a free printable PDF. This is a sample question answer multiple-choice type test.

Test Name New PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10
Actual Reading Test Questions 35
Actual Reading Test Duration 44 Minutes
Our Test Type  Writing and Language Practice Test 1
No. of Questions 15
Total Passages One
PDF Available YES (printable)
Answers and Explanation Yes Both

PSAT Writing and Language Practice Test

Read each passage through once before you begin to answer any questions. You will see that certain words or phrases in the following five passages have been underlined and numbered. Following each passage, you will see alternatives for those underlined words or phrases. Choose the one that best expresses the idea of the passage, is the best use of standard English, or is most consistent with the tone and style of the passage. If you find the underlined part to be correct, choose “NO CHANGE.” Note that to answer many of the questions you will probably need to read several sentences beyond the question. You may also find questions about a section of the passage or the passage as a whole, rather than about an underlined part.

Passage I—The Weekly Visit

The requisite visit happened most typically1 on sunny Saturdays, when my child spirits were at their highest and could be most diminished by the cramped interior of her house. My mother, accustomed to the bright spacious farmhouse2 that was once Grandma’s, seemed no less sus- ceptible to the gloom. She would set her jaw as Grandma described the many ailments attendant on age and would check her watch—an hour is3 the minimum she expected herself to withstand. Her barely contained impatience, and4 my grandmother’s crippling age radiated out around me. We were the women of the Carlson clan, each throbbing with agitation, like eccentric,5 blinking circles on a radar screen.

(1) I would sit at the white, red, metal table6 with the pull-out leaves and built-in silverware drawer, cracking (2) I would be lifting7 the lid carefully and try to set it down

on the metal table quietly, and then attempt to crack the nuts without scattering the shell crumbs. (3) This was the one good thing at Grandma’s house, the almonds, which she kept in a green Depression glass bowl. (4) It was not good to draw attention to myself at Grandma Carlson’s house.8 Sounding angry, she would call to me in her croupy drawl. When I failed to understand her, she would reach out to me with her palsied, slick, wrinkled hand and shout, “Here”!9 She would be offering some of her horehound candy, which tasted like a cross between butterscotch and bitter sticks.

There was this lamentable air in the dim house with its itchy mohair furniture and its dark colors, an awareness—Grandma’s— underlaying10 the mentholatum, that her age scared her grandkids. I would during the duti- ful visit yearn11 to get outside into the yard, where Grandma had transplanted a few flowers when she moved from the farm. But even the yard, with its overgrown hedges and rusted metal lawn chairs,12 seemed dreary. When I came back inside, light and air would burst in with me. Grandma, her hair up in a gray bun, would rock a little and smile.13 I would lean then against my mother’s chair, Grandmas’ fond eyes14 peering at me, and whisper out of the corner of my mouth, “Mom, can we go?”

B. most usually
C. typically
D. most typical

View Correct Answer
 Answer: C

Typical (choice d) cannot modify the verb happened, and choices a, b, and d are redundant 

B. bright-spacious farmhouse
C. bright, and spacious farmhouse
D. bright, spacious farmhouse

View Correct Answer
 Answer: D

Both adjectives modify the same noun—farmhouse—and therefore should be separated by a comma

B. would be
C. being
D. were

View Correct Answer
 Answer: B

The conditional tense, not the present tense, is appropriate here

B. impatience. And
C. impatience; and
D. impatience and

View Correct Answer
 Answer: D

Two things—in this case, impatience and crippling age—are connected simply by using and. 

B. concentric,
C. egocentric,
D. centric,

View Correct Answer
 Answer: B

This choice has the desired meaning—circles that have the same center

B. white, red and metal
C. white and red metal
D. white, and red, metal

View Correct Answer
 Answer: C

No commas are necessary, and the two colors should be connected by and since the metal table is a combination of white and red. 

B. was lifting
C. lifted
D. would lift

View Correct Answer
 Answer: D

The simple past lifted is not appropriate here, nor is the progressive -ing form.

B. Grandma Carlsons house.
C. Grandma Carlson house.
D. Grandma’s Carlson house

View Correct Answer
 Answer: A

The punctuation is correct as it is. 

B. “Here.”
C. “here”!
D. “Here!”

View Correct Answer
 Answer: D

The exclamation is properly capitalized, but the punctuation needs to be inside the quotation mark.

B. laying under
C. underlying
D. lying under

View Correct Answer
 Answer: C

The awareness did not have a physical presence, so laying under is incorrect. 

B. During the dutiful visit, I would yearn
C. I during the dutiful visit would yearn
D. I would, during the dutiful visit yearn

View Correct Answer
 Answer: B

This provides the proper placement for the modifying phrase during the dutiful visit, as well as the proper comma usage. 

12. The writer is considering deleting the underlined portion. Should this be kept or deleted?

  • A. It should be kept, because the sentence would not be grammatically correct without it.
  • B. It should be kept, because the images enhance the description of the yard.
  • C. It should be deleted, because the description is off the topic of family.
  • D. It should be deleted, because the grammar is incorrect.
View Correct Answer
 Answer: B

The descriptive information makes the sentence more powerful. 

13. Which of the following alternatives to the underlined portion would NOT be acceptable?

  • A. Grandma would, her hair up in a gray bun, rock a little and smile.
  • B. With her gray hair up in a bun, grandma would rock a little and smile.
  • C. Grandma, her hair up in a gray bun, would smile and rock a little.
  • D. Grandma—her hair up in a gray bun—would rock a little and smile.
View Correct Answer
 Answer: A

Separating the conditional with commas creates an awkward structure. 

B. Grandmas’s fond eyes
C. Grandma’s fond eyes
D. Grandmas fond eyes

View Correct Answer
 Answer: C

This is the proper possessive form for the singular Grandma.

15. The most appropriate order for the first four sentences of the second paragraph would be

  • A. 1, 2, 3, 4
  • B. 2, 1, 3, 4
  • C. 1, 2, 4, 3
  • D. 1, 3, 2, 4
View Correct Answer
 Answer: D

This is the most logical order.

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