Should I take the PSATs?

June 1, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Posted in PSAT | Leave a comment

If colleges never see the scores? Does this mean I should bother with it? We recommend taking as many practice problems in real situations as possible, including the PSAT. Most students take the PSAT in either their Sophomore or Junior years, with the former serving as a practice for the latter. The PSAT score received in the Junior year is the only one that is eligible for acceptance as a National Merit Scholar. Since the PSAT and the SAT are such important exams, we recommend taking them early, as long as you can adequately prepare for them. This is especially the case with the SAT, as most colleges will let you take your best score from each section, regardless of whether your best score in each section occurred on different test dates.

Other reasons given for taking the PSAT are to receive feedback on strengths and weaknesses, to understand how you compare to other students applying to college or to receive information from colleges. We recommend looking to online modes of practice problems to better ascertain your specific strengths and weaknesses to better focus your attention on areas best open for improvement. For instance, a College Board case study illustrated that students who take the SAT three times, do better on average in the third testing for math testing than other students on their final testing. If this is true for the SAT, then you might as well get started with a low pressure environment like the PSAT.  Additionally, don’t be deceived into either being overly encouraged or discouraged by your ranking (as compared to other college bound students) ascertained from you PSAT score. We are proof that strategically guided hard work by some students (such as you) will have a significant impact on the ranking that counts; your final SAT math score.

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