Navigating the college testing terrain
"... For sophomores, the PSAT (the shorthand name for the test) is like an early test-drive, a low-stress chance to see how the full-sized SAT will look and feel. And for its part, ACT now offers a PreACT which high schools can opt to administer at any point during 10th grade. Sophomore year can be when students gauge how well-equipped they are to handle the college admission testing terrain ahead.
As juniors approach the PSAT, however, they should be planning their next turn. The exam plays no role in college admissions, but it’ll be the last official standardized test for which that can be said. And with PSAT results not due back until mid-December, juniors should start charting their course now. After the 11th grade PSAT, students tend to follow individual paths, for good reason." ...