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Importance of the PSAT/NMSQT

As most of you should know by now, PSAT scores recently came out and you’re probably wondering what your score means. The PSAT is a practice for the SAT and a qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship. You shouldn’t take it too seriously this year, but rather use it to gauge your current level in standardized testing and what you should work on. The PSAT also does not affect your college application but can be used as a guide for studying for the SAT and ACT. College Board will give you an in-depth look into your exam and what topics you did well on and what you should practice. This is useful when preparing for the SAT/ACT because when choosing what topics to practice, you know which ones you need to focus on so you don’t waste as much time going through topics you already are solid with. The year this test counts is in eleventh grade and if you get a high enough score, you will qualify for the National Merit Scholarship, in which the winners of this scholarship receive scholarship money for their freshman year of college. As for now, please do not get down on yourself if the score you received was unsatisfactory.

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