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Does paying for the PSAT make sense?

As a bit of a stressed junior here, just found out there's a fee for the PSAT at my school. I'm wondering does the PSAT cost money everywhere, and is it really worth the investment? Could use some advice on whether it's a necessary step or if skipping it wouldn't hurt my college prep.

8 months ago

It's completely normal to be weighing the costs and benefits of the PSAT, especially given that some schools do charge for it. Fees can vary, but yes, there's often a cost associated with the exam. Here's what you might want to consider:

Taking the PSAT can be beneficial because it's a practice run for the SAT, which can help alleviate test-day jitters and provide a useful benchmark for college readiness. Moreover, the PSAT is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program, which could lead to scholarship opportunities if your score is high enough. The experience students have with the PSAT often helps refine their study plan for the actual SAT, and the feedback on strengths and weaknesses can be invaluable.

Weigh the cost against these potential benefits and decide if taking the exam is worth it for you. Talk this over with your family and with a school counselor. If the fee is a concern, you might want to inquire if your school offers fee waivers or check if there are any community organizations that might support the cost for students. Whatever you choose, good luck on your college prep journey!

8 months ago

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