It's December and PSAT results are in...
Most schools in New York City automatically register 11th graders for the October PSAT exam, which is given in school during regular class time. In other words, the test is more or less mandatory. About 1.6 million 11th graders take the PSAT every year in the U.S. With nearly 4 million 11th graders in total across the country, this equates to roughly 40% of students taking the PSAT nationwide.
Many schools are now also giving the PSAT in the 9th grade and 10th grades. Students who have taken the PSAT two or three years in a row without studying for it, may find it interesting to see their progress throughout the years. This should happen naturally, even without any prep. But the 11th grade PSAT is the “real” thing (not practice for the PSAT which is what taking the test in 9th or 10th grade really is) and that’s the one we’ll be discussing below.
So here's everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask ... about the PSAT!
What to consider once the PSAT results are in...
Above all else, the PSAT is great practice for taking either the SAT or ACT and a strong indicator of performance without further studying or instruction. Over the 17 years we have been coaching students on college entrance exams, we have found that a crucial first step is determining which test - the ACT or SAT - is the best fit for a particular student. Students should have at least some experience with the SAT and ACT before deciding which test to prep for.
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