I'm a 10th grader (graduation year 2023 as I'm planning on graduating a year early), and I was wondering if taking the PSAT is a valuable thing to take? I didn't take it in 8th because I transferred schools too late to register, and my school didn't offer it in 9th because of the pandemic. I expect I'll take the regular SAT next year, but how much value does the PSAT actually have in terms of predicting your score and areas you need to work on? Thanks!
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I've taken the PSAT twice now (once in 10th grade and a second in 11th) and personally, I think you should take it. When you take the PSAT, it gives you an idea of what to expect when you go to take the SAT and you're given your PSAT test packet and answer sheet back so you can look at all of your missed questions, which is something they don't do with the SAT. Plus, when you take the PSAT during 11th grade, if you get a high enough score, you could be qualified for National Merit Scholarship (unfortunately, even if you qualify, it doesn't mean you'll win).
As an early grad, the PSAT is a very valuable thing to take, because it prepares you for the SAT and shows what you need to work on. You can also connect your college board account to Khan Academy for personalized SAT practice, and the PSAT scores help personalize the questions and gauge where you are on certain topics. I hope this helps!
You should take it in 10th grade as it is valuable for national merit scholar so you will have more of a chance of qualifying. You can see where to improve with the PSAT and you will have a higher chance of getting whatever scores you're aiming for on your first attempt.
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