The Struggles of the PSAT
October is coming up which means Sophomores are preparing for the PSAT, or at least doing as much as they can. Juniors are preparing to take the SAT this month, or opt to do it in March.
Just this week, Mr. Volpalka went around to the Sophomore English classes to hand out informational packets and talk to the class about the dreaded PSAT. I don’t know about other classes, but kids were showing their obvious discontent about taking the PSAT. It’s just another standardized test that we have to take and worry about. Not to mention the entire day that is wasted on taking it.
Many students are on the fence about the PSAT, including myself. We want to do well on the PSAT because it will help when getting prepared for the SAT, but don’t want to have to spend anymore time than needed studying. Taking the PSAT without any studying, will be able to help us see our baseline for the SAT.
On the other hand, studying for the PSAT and getting a decently good grade on it is more satisfactory and help you do even better on the SAT. I will mostly be studying a bit for the PSAT, but I won’t be stressing about it too much. I would advise other students to do this too. It allows you to prepare a little for the test, but not forcing yourself to do it for hours on end.