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What’s considered a poor PSAT score for a junior?

Hey peeps, so I've heard a lot of mixed things about what's a 'bad' PSAT score. As a junior, what score range would be considered low, and how much should I be stressing about improving it before I actually take the SAT?

8 months ago

Hi there! It's great that you're thinking about your PSAT scores with a mindset to improve. Generally, a score below the 25th percentile would be considered on the lower end for juniors. That's around 920 out of 1520. Remember, the PSAT is designed as a practice test for the SAT and as an initial qualifier for the National Merit Scholarship, so there's no need for excessive stress.

Improvement is always possible, and you have ample time before your SATs. Focus on identifying the areas where you didn't score as well and work specifically on those. Free resources like Khan Academy and CollegeVine can be very beneficial, or you might consider more structured test prep if that suits your learning style.

The key is to create a study schedule and stick to it, gradually building on your skills and taking regular practice tests to simulate the real experience. Good luck, and keep a positive attitude towards your test prep!

8 months ago

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