PSAT Critical Reading

Welcome to your PSAT Critical Reading

Turn to Section 1 of your answer sheet to answer the questions in this section.

Each passage or pair of passages below is followed by a number of questions. After reading each passage or pair, choose the best answer to each question based on what is stated or implied in the passage or passages and in any accompanying graphics (such as a table or graph).

The free PSAT Reading practice test is specifically designed to ensure that the test-taker is knowledgeable about the PSAT and is able to know what to expect when it is time to take the Reading portion of the PSAT.

A surge protector siphons off ________ voltage in electric circuits that can be _________ to electronic devices.

__________ mattresses contain many toxic substances, such as flame-retardants, adhesives and chemical foams, which are not present in natural latex rubber.

The grey clouds had been threatening rain all morning.  Farnham shuffled down the street from the lounge, staring absently at the ground before him, his colorless clothes blending into the background of dirty concrete and broken stone walls.  Those who saw him could barely conceal their reaction to his countenance: eyes would narrow or be averted, nostrils would sniff suspiciously, shoulders would be raised as if the rain had already begun to fall.  He was a regular on these sidewalks, stumbling home in the colorless morning after a night made still more somber by its strained and failed reach for animation.


The reaction to Farnham of people who saw him on the street, indicates that they were

Anne felt that taking vitamin supplements daily would have a _________ effect, that is, it would promote health and well-being.

Most of us did not feel that Carmen was cut out to be a trial lawyer, given her ________ for __________ any kind of confrontation.

Because land is limited and the population is constantly growing, real estate __________ typically __________ over time.

Hanley’s race car produced a __________ amount of noise, more than any of the other vehicles.

She had many reasons for choosing to _________ a year of her life putting her ________ variety of skills to work for others

The grey clouds had been threatening rain all morning.  Farnham shuffled down the street from the lounge, staring absently at the ground before him, his colorless clothes blending into the background of dirty concrete and broken stone walls.  Those who saw him could barely conceal their reaction to his countenance: eyes would narrow or be averted, nostrils would sniff suspiciously, shoulders would be raised as if the rain had already begun to fall.  He was a regular on these sidewalks, stumbling home in the colorless morning after a night made still more somber by its strained and failed reach for animation.

Farnham’s walk is described as a “shuffle” or “stumble”.  These words establish which aspect of his personality?

He could not understand Della’s _________, her constant locking of doors and windows as if to protect herself from some __________ threat.

Natural fibers like organic cotton and bamboo are ________ and ________ without the use of harsh chemicals.

Samantha had a ___________ appetite and went through all the food we had brought in one night.


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Infants and toddlers may sometimes have _______ sleep patterns due to growth spurts and rapid changes in their physical development.

The maintenance workers handle quite a range of __________: irrigation repair, plumbing, and general maintenance.

Anthony was a __________ individual, whose ___________ eyes always gave the impression that he had recently lost something dear to him.


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