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When should I take the PSAT to be ready for the SAT?

Hey guys, junior here starting to think about college admissions tests. I know the PSAT is like a practice SAT, but I'm kinda confused about the best time to take it. Should I take it the same year as the SAT or earlier? And how does the timing affect my prep for the actual SAT? Any advice would be super appreciated!

8 months ago

Hey there! It's great that you're planning ahead for your college admissions tests. The PSAT is typically offered to high school sophomores and juniors, but many students find it most beneficial to take it in the fall of their junior year. Taking it as a junior gives you the chance to qualify for National Merit Scholarships. As for the timing related to the SAT, taking the PSAT beforehand can serve as a valuable baseline to identify your strengths and areas for improvement. This way, you can tailor your study plan leading up to your SAT. After the PSAT, you’d have plenty of time to prepare for the SAT – you might consider aiming for a spring or early summer test date in your junior year or fall of your senior year. Make sure to utilize the feedback from your PSAT to make the most of your SAT prep!

8 months ago

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