What are your chances of acceptance?
Your chance of acceptance
Duke University
+ add school
Your chancing factors
Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


Low accuracy (4 of 18 factors)

Any quick fixes to ramp up my PSAT score?

The crunch is real! Got the PSAT coming up much faster than I'm comfortable with, and I need some last-minute study tips. Any quick fixes or areas I should focus on to maximize my score increment in this short time frame?

8 months ago

I understand the time crunch can be intimidating, but I'm here to tell you that there's still plenty you can do in the short term to boost your PSAT score. A focused approach is key. Start by taking a practice test to identify your weak spots. Are they in Math or Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing? Once you've identified which subject area is trickier for you, concentrate your study time on it, and on any specific content within that area that's especially challenging.

If you're focusing on Math, review key concepts and try to understand the logic behind the problems rather than just memorizing formulas. For the Reading and Writing sections, practice reading comprehension and grammar by going over sample passages and questions, so that you won't be taken aback by the kinds of questions asked on the real test. Finally, don't forget the importance of timing! Try to simulate test conditions as you practice to improve your speed and accuracy, and your overall comfort with the test-taking conditions.

Lastly, ensure you have a good night's sleep before the test and eat a healthy breakfast the day of. It may sound a little silly, but being well-rested and well-fed can impact your performance significantly. Remember, even a little bit of targeted preparation and a focused mind on the big day can go a long way. Good luck!

8 months ago

About CollegeVine’s Expert FAQ

CollegeVine’s Q&A seeks to offer informed perspectives on commonly asked admissions questions. Every answer is refined and validated by our team of admissions experts to ensure it resonates with trusted knowledge in the field.