Practice Makes Perfect: Learning from the PSAT


Although colleges do not require student PSAT scores, the PSAT is an invaluable asset for students preparing for college.  Some teachers will tell you the test is easier and other’s will try to motivate their students by telling them that the PSAT is harder and more condensed.  We’re not going to weigh in too heavily on the opinion of what is or isn’t hard.  The facts are that the PSAT test requires less and is singificantly shorter than the real deal, the SAT.

As the PSAT manifests itself each year in high schools throughout the United States students experience endless review sessions, school-sponsored tutoring programs, and stacks of review books that trail students like bread crumbs.  As the books begin to stack and time seems strained, students start to feel what the SAT is really going to be like.  This experience in and of itself is priceless as students learn from personal experience that studying for the SAT is not an overnight job.

Why Is The PSAT Important?

The PSAT stimulates pressure on students to do well on these standardized tests.  This allows a student to get many first time nerves and jitters out on the PSAT rather than feel overwhelmed with the SAT.  The PSAT will teach a student how he or she may deal with a timed test of such great importance.  With similar timing and structure to the SAT, a student may discover that everything they’ve learned goes out the window with the pressure of this type of test and some students may discover they finish the test carelessly and quickly while other’s will feel they do not have enough time.  A student may understand the information covered on the SAT perfectly, but still perform poorly if they are unfamiliar with the system of timing.  These stress factors can be misleading to the idea of being prepared.  To make up fo rpoor scores, students often retake the SAT.  However, we recommend to not wait!  If you’ve taken the PSAT, don’t go into the SAT expecting the outcome to be different without preparing differently.  A second examination can cause even more stress on a student and cause a financial burden on the parents who have to pay for multiple SAT tests.  Although the PSAT can be just as stressful, the experience it gives is to help prevent students and parents from feeling undue stress later on with the SAT.

After taking the PSAT, assess your weaknesses.  Recall how you felt, how much time you spent on each area of the test – was it too fast? too slow?  Did you have everything with you?  Were you prepared?  What did you eat for breakfast that morning?  Were you tired during the test?  How well did you sleep the night before the test?

SAT Preparation Group takes ALL of these factors into consideration and helps a student train for the SAT as if it were a marathon.  SAT Preparation Group will work with a student to develop personal study habits that he or she can use throughout college.  These study habits approach not only how to study wisely, but also touch on effective ways of remembering what you have studied, how to calm yourself during a test, and how to take care of your personal health.   With these tools, SAT Prep Group will make sure a student is not only educationally prepared but emotionally and physiologically prepared as well.  Find out more about SAT Prep Group by visiting us at today!

The PSAT is an invaluable test that provides students with testing experience, knowledge of their academic weaknesses, and even possible college scholarships.  Students must appreciate the PSAT as an opportunity to practice their skills rather than as a pointless test forcing them to wake up early on a Saturday morning.  The PSAT is one step closer to the SAT.  However many students don’t begin preparing for the SAT on their own until after they have received their PSAT scores.  Don’t start too late!  Contact us today!


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