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PSAT as a sophomore - Is a 1040 score competitive?

Feeling pretty unsure here, I've got a 1040 on my PSAT and I'm a sophomore. Is this score competitive? I know I have time to improve, but I want to come up with a solid strategy. Any recommendations on study plans or resources?

8 months ago

Hey there! First off, it's great that you're already thinking about your PSAT score as a sophomore – it shows that you're proactive. A 1040 is a solid start, especially since you still have time to improve before you take your official SAT. To put it in perspective, the PSAT is scored on a scale of 320 to 1520, and the national average is typically around the mid-900s to low-1000s. So, you're already above average, and you're only a sophomore—well done!

When it comes to studying, the key is consistency. Set aside dedicated study time each week. Make good use of free resources such as Khan Academy, which offers official SAT practice in partnership with College Board. Their personalized study plans are great for targeting your weaker areas. Moreover, consider taking a few practice SAT tests under timed conditions to get more comfortable with the pace and pressure of the real test. And remember, quality over quantity: focus on understanding your mistakes and learning from them, rather than just brushing them aside and doing 50 more questions to make up for your error.

Keep at it, and you'll likely see your score improve over time. Good luck!

8 months ago

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