Managing the PSAT Stress

By Caroline Morvan

Every October in classrooms of schools around the world, high school juniors and sophomores gather to take the PSAT.

Short for “preliminary SAT,” the PSAT helps students, parents, and guidance counselors get a sense of the kind of work students need to do to prepare for the SAT or ACT, and can also help with initial expectations for a student’s college prospects. Particularly strong scores can lead to recognition by the National Merit Scholarship program, which in turn can lead to more money or other positive interest for colleges.

Therefore, it’s not surprising that this test usually generates a sense of anxiety among students who are going to take it. This October 24th, the day of the test, was no different: EAB sophomores and juniors who were about to enter the testing room were a bit anxious. “Considering the fact that I’m American I was kinda nervous scholarship-wise,” said sophomore student Isabelle Bautista.

At the end of the day, the PSAT is not something students should be stressing out about. This practice test can even help reduce the juniors’ and sophomores’ stress, since it gives a sense of what it’s going to be like in the final run. “When I got too nervous I reminded myself not to be too stressed about it, for it’s not the official SAT but a practice one and it would give me a good sense for what the real [one] would be like,” said Isabelle.

In terms of what we have discussed about success this past week, it seems that the 2018 PSAT was successful, for students walked out of the test a lot more confident about taking the SATs in their senior year. Junior Valentina Foresti said that although she did not study for the test she felt it was quite easy, especially the math section.

And in the words of the sophomore Fatima Kane:

Students shouldn’t worry too much about it because they will have plenty of time to improve their SAT score before colleges see. 

 

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Vives, Ruben. “Taking the SAT Is Hard Enough. Then Students Learned the Test’s Answers May Have Been Leaked Online.” Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times, 27 Aug. 2018, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-sat-exam-leaked-20180827-story.html.