I have a problem with the PSAT Writing instructional page. There should be clear instructions for the “logical order” questions (look at # 5 above) that require the reader to order numbered sentences. There are already numbers that are in black squares on the page for the writing questions. And for the order questions, some students may just try to use those numbers (the black square ones) as if they are also the numbers for the sentences that you need to put in order. The numbers you need to move around for #5 are in brackets- but why not tell the students that?

Why don’t the instructions include two lines that describe a bracketed series of numbers, [1], [2], etc…, that are in the paragraph and are specifically meant as sentence numbers for these order questions? Many students don’t answer these correctly because they don’t know to look for the brackets.