PSATs and SATs – Some General Information


Fall is the time of year that many juniors will take the PSAT and seniors may attempt the SAT again for a higher score.

This year, some changes are occurring for BOTH tests. Coming up on October 14th and October 28th, students will be taking the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT for the first time. It’s the best way to practice for the SAT. It is also an opportunity to connect with scholarship opportunities. The newly designed SAT will be launched on March 5th. If you are taking the SAT this fall, it will with the current test.

Let me make that more clear:

  • Seniors: Taking the SAT before March 2016 will take the current SAT.
  • Juniors and sophomores: Taking the SAT in March 2016 or later will take the new SAT.

I highly recommend visiting the College Board website for more information regarding these changes. Their website has tons of information regarding both tests, upcoming changes, registration deadlines, practice tests, a college search engine, and much more.

Practice makes perfect, right? The College Board website also offers free practice for the PSAT and SAT tests. Anyone can take advantage of these practice tests if they have a pencil, printer, calculator, and a timer. After completing the test, you can score it on your own to find out how you did. Also, explanations for answers are provided so that you can learn from your mistakes.

Lastly, did you know that there is an app for the SAT? You can now download the SAT Question of the Day to your smartphone for free daily practice. How cool is that? Ok, maybe not as fun as Snapchat, but certainly a good way to prepare a little at a time.

Do you need to score better than the student taking the test next to you? My answer is no. You just need to do the best that you can possibly do. Practice, practice, practice is the best way to prepare for your best score possible. Your highest scores on the SATs in combination with a strong high school GPA, is the best avenue to college acceptance.

“Good Luck!”


College Board., (10/4/15).

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