PSAT briefing and tips for the junior class

Bryan Cassem, Editor-in-Chief

Testing for the junior PSATs is set to be held on October 10. Students will report to their classroom, assigned based on their last name to take their test.

According to the College Board, required materials include at least one number two pencil and an approved calculator, and for those taking their tests elsewhere, a valid school or government-issued ID.

The PSAT can be used to earn a National Merit Scholarship which offers a range of $500 to $2000 annually for four years of secondary education. The test also aids students in preparation for the SAT as the structure, format and questions of the PSAT all closely resemble the actual SAT.

The sooner one can begin preparing for the SAT, the better. Several websites and resources such as Khan Academy and practice books are available for this. Practice tests are the best way to prepare for any standardized test. As many will not reach a target score on their first attempt, there is no need to worry if the first score is not your best: repeated practice often significantly helps boost one’s score. So practice on, and good luck juniors !