IS YOUR CHILD A SOPHOMORE?
CONSIDER SIGNING HIM OR HER UP FOR THE OCTOBER PSAT!
The PSAT is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives students a chance to enter national merit scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.
Why take the SAT as a sophomore? The PSAT is optional for 10th grade students. However, I strongly suggest students take the test as sophomores so they can prepare for the junior year PSAT (when scores do count) and ultimately for the SAT. Taking the test a year early gives students a chance to evaluate where they are and make a plan for improvement. Exposing students to the type of questions the PSAT/SAT ask as early as possible will help them increase their scores. All students will receive a score report that tells them areas of improvement that can guide their studying.
By preparing early, students also increase their chances of qualifying for national merit scholarships. The national merit scholarship corporation gives out over $46 million dollars worth of scholarships a year to students who do well on the PSAT. If your student does well on the PSAT their junior year, they will be qualified for the national merit scholarship competition. Preparing early is the first step.