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Sophomores and the PSAT: establishing a strong start?

Okay so, I’m a sophomore and just got my PSAT results; I landed a 930. Curious here, is that a strong score for my grade level? Should I start prepping now to boost my shot at scholarships or programs that consider PSAT scores?

8 months ago

First off, congrats on taking initiative early in your high school career — it's great that you're focusing on your future prospects. A 930 is a solid start for a sophomore on the PSAT, considering it’s often the first real standardized test many students take. However, if you're aiming for National Merit Scholarship consideration or other programs that hinge on junior year PSAT/NMSQT scores, you'll want to boost that score. Starting to prepare now can definitely give you an edge. Consider a practice schedule that includes reviewing content areas, practicing with official PSAT practice tests, and perhaps studying SAT materials, as the tests are quite similar. Remember, consistently dedicating a reasonable amount of time to study will likely deliver the best results over cramming sessions closer to test time! Best of luck on your journey to improve your score!

8 months ago

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