In this first of a four-part series, our Director of College Planning, Russ Vitale, starts answering some of the questions we always seem to get from parents regarding the PSAT.
- Why should we take the PSAT?
- How does the PSAT date relate to preparing for the upcoming SAT and/or ACT?
- What if Standardized Tests are ‘not my thing?’
“… the PSAT is an important milestone in your journey to college acceptance.”
Because the PSAT doesn’t carry any direct consequences related to college admissions or high school GPA, it can easily be viewed as just something you have to sit through because your school wants you to take it. But, as we’ll discover over the next few weeks, the PSAT is an important milestone in your journey to college acceptance.
Why should I take the PSAT?
Russ briefly discusses the 3 main reasons to take serious note of the PSAT:
- Great focus and stamina practice, which will serve the student well on subsequent standardized tests.
- The PSAT time period should also be the beginning of planning any preparation for the SAT/ACT you’ll take in Spring of your junior year.
- You need the PSAT to be considered for the National Merit Scholarship.
How does the PSAT date relate to preparing for the upcoming SAT and/or ACT?
In this next clip, Russ warns of the disadvantage created by waiting for the PSAT results before making a plan of attack about which Standardized Test you’ll take in the Spring and when.
What if Standardized Tests are ‘not my thing?’
If ‘extreme test anxiety’ sounds like a too familiar phrase, then SAT/ACT optional schools are definitely worth looking into. And which schools have adopted this admission criteria might surprise you.