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Should son take PSAT as a sophomore?

ssmom62ssmom62 Registered User Posts: 100 Junior Member
edited July 2007 in Parents Forum
My son just finished his freshman year. The high school seems to suggest that students take the PSAT in their Junior Year. Is it helpful to take it a year earlier? Should you study for the PSAT? First child...can you tell?

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Replies to: Should son take PSAT as a sophomore?

  • mathmommathmom Registered User Posts: 29,621 Senior Member
    I think it's helpful to take the PSAT as a sophomore. You get familiar with the format the year before it counts for National Merit. I wouldn't study for it, but rather use it as an indication of how much studying may be required for next year's round of PSAT and SAT.
  • TooRichForAidTooRichForAid Registered User Posts: 1,019 Senior Member
    Mine took her PSAT in sophomore. No studying. It probably helped her familiar with the format for Junior year.
  • SusantmSusantm Registered User Posts: 2,188 Senior Member
    I agree with the above. My son also took it as a sophomore, but did not study. That showed him areas in which he needed more work before taking it for real.
  • vc08vc08 Registered User Posts: 3,340 Senior Member
    I can give you the student perspective. I took the PSAT as a sophomore and a junior, and found it very helpful. I originally received a 1780, but my jr. year got a 1970, without any additional studying. It gave me confidence to see that I could improve. Also, the second score qualified me for the National Merit Scholarship, which looks great on any college app, not to mention the money if you win. She should take it as a sophomore, because with the competitive college admissions these days, any little advantage is vital. It also made me aware of what I needed to focus on early. Hope this helped, and you can message me if I can be of any more assistance.
  • vc08vc08 Registered User Posts: 3,340 Senior Member
    oh, one more thing. As soon as you take the PSAT, colleges will start sending you things in the mail. If the scores are really good, it will start flooding in. Because I took it my sophomore year, I was aware of college outreach programs and leadership forums early on, and was able to travel to unique parts of the country for a few of those experiences. She should definitely take it, it will be well worth it (those kids I know of who didn't take it felt a little left out when mail from Cornell and Penn came flying into me and my friends' mailboxes as well).
  • corrangedcorranged Registered User Posts: 6,684 Senior Member
    Welcome to CC! :)

    I agree with the others. If he has no testing experience with the SAT, it's useful to take it in tenth grade in a low-pressure situation. No prep is needed.
  • 3togo3togo Registered User Posts: 5,233 Senior Member
    edited July 2007
    all I would add ... taking as a sophomore can't hurt as long as the student WANTS to take it as a sophmore ... for me pushing someone to take the PSAT as a sophmore is uneeded
  • MarianMarian Registered User Posts: 12,534 Senior Member
    3togo has a good point.

    If you live in an area where it is not routine for sophomores to take the PSAT, your son might interpret your suggestion to take it as pressure. Some kids aren't ready to start focusing on college admissions that early; if that's the case, let it go.

    On the other hand, there are some school systems where everyone takes the PSAT as a sophomore, and nobody thinks twice about it.
  • bethievtbethievt Registered User Posts: 6,759 Senior Member
    Totally agree with 3tg

    My son's hs gave the PLAN test in 10th grade--the PACT with a career inventory. That felt really useful and timely. Over-testing can become an issue for some kids.
  • younghossyounghoss Registered User Posts: 3,021 Senior Member
    I'd look at it another way...... what are arguments against taking it? Such an early test with little meaning is no worries! Later, more important tests may not seem so worrisome.
  • hinmanCEOhinmanCEO Registered User Posts: 276 Junior Member
    yes. study for it. prepare for the future. it is like AP classes. you need to "pressure them" in a good way.
  • kollegkidkollegkid Registered User Posts: 1,007 Senior Member
    I took the SATs at the end of 8th grade, so when it was PSAT registration time in the fall, I bowed out. All of my friends took the PSAT (as freshmen). I wish I had. I will definitely take my PSAT in the fall (sophomore). I am thinking about taking the SAT at the end of next year, too.
  • bluebayoubluebayou Registered User Posts: 24,336 Senior Member
    absolutely, there is nothing to lose but two hours of a morning.
  • chuychuy Registered User Posts: 3,916 Senior Member
    Yes, it's good practice for the "real thing" next year as well as being good practice for standardized tests in general. I wouldn't study too much for it the sophomore year though. Why study for it when you can take it once, then know exactally what to study, then take it again.
  • proudamerican007proudamerican007 - Posts: 73 Junior Member
    yes it is a good practice
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