Some students are D-O-N-E with the PSAT

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Some students are D-O-N-E with the PSAT

Mr. Gunnin is holding  PSAT workshops after school this week.

Mr. Gunnin is holding PSAT workshops after school this week.

Mr. Gunnin is holding PSAT workshops after school this week.

Mr. Gunnin is holding PSAT workshops after school this week.

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Each year Osceola offers many opportunities for students to prepare for their future SAT and ACTs. The school offers things such as SAT prep, online practice courses, after school practice, and the PSATs. The PSAT is a two hour and ten minute test that includes five sections of math, critical reading, and writing.

Students will take the PSAT on Wednesday, October 15. It is mandatory for 9th and 10th grade students to take it, and 11th and 12th grade students have the opportunity to do it for $15. PSAT stands for Practice Scholastic Aptitude Test. The PSAT allows students to understand what the SAT would be like, if they chose to take it their senior year.

There is a lot of debate between students on whether or not the PSATs actually help them prepare to take the SAT their senior year. Cameron Mckelvey, 10th grade, argues “I don’t think the PSAT helps people really prepare for the actual SATs; it’s just a waste of time.”

According to www.collegeconfidential.com “The PSAT is a bit easier than the full-blown SAT, however, the scores do correlate somewhat accurately with the SAT.”
Some upperclassman students are relieved they don’t have to take it. Kyle Gainer, 11th grade, said “I’m so happy I’m a junior this year so that I am not required to take it.” However it could be beneficial to take it, according to www.collegeboard.com 11th grade students can benefit from the PSAT, as they can earn scholarships and recognition from their scores for college.

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