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How critical is the PSAT for a high school freshman?

So, I'm a freshman and I have the opportunity to take the PSAT. I know it's way early, but I'm curious if taking it now would be beneficial in any way? Does it give me a leg up on preparation, or is it not that important until junior year? Thoughts?

7 months ago

It's wonderful that you're thinking ahead about your academic journey! As a freshman, taking the PSAT can indeed serve as a valuable diagnostic tool to assess where you are in your preparation for college admissions tests. While the PSAT score you receive as a freshman isn't used for National Merit Scholarship considerations—that's only for juniors—it can still point out areas where you may need to improve before you take the SAT for real.

Think of it as a low-stakes practice run that gives you exposure to the format and content of standardized tests without any pressure. Plus, it can also spark motivation early on to develop strong study habits, which will be beneficial throughout high school. In short, while not critical, it's a helpful step if you approach it with the right mindset. Remember, it's just one piece of the puzzle, and as time goes on, you'll have more opportunities to build your testing skills before it counts for college admissions.

7 months ago

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