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How crucial is it to take the PSAT in 10th grade?

Hey, quick question for y'all—how important is it really to take the PSAT as a sophomore? I've heard it can be good practice for junior year, but I'm wondering if it's something I should prioritize or if I can just wait until next year to give it a shot.

8 months ago

Hey there! It's great that you're planning ahead for your standardized tests. Taking the PSAT in 10th grade isn't mandatory, but it's a useful practice for the SAT. Think of it as a low-stakes opportunity to familiarize yourself with the format of the test and the type of questions you'll encounter without the pressure of it counting towards National Merit Scholarship eligibility—that's only in junior year.

Additionally, your PSAT score can help identify areas you'll want to focus on when preparing for the SAT. It can also be nice to have a baseline score to measure your progress against as you continue to study and practice.

So, if you have the opportunity to take it in 10th grade and it doesn't conflict with other commitments, I would recommend it. It's ultimately about setting yourself up for success next year. And don't worry—whether you take it in 10th grade or not, what will really matter is how you prepare and perform in your junior year.

8 months ago

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