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The PSAT and SAT: Why do you need it?

Jenni Marie Schaal, Staff Editor

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Wednesday, Oct. 11, District 218 will administer the PSAT to all Freshmen, Sophomore, and Junior students.

To prepare for this important exam, teachers at District 218 have been working towards incorporating more and more SAT practice into everyday topics.

The PSAT is a practice SAT test to prepare students for the SAT on April 10.  Both the PSAT and SAT are free of cost for students. Students are prompted to bring a number two pencil, their student ID, and a calculator. Students are also advised to bring warm clothing.

Similar to the SAT, the PSAT is scored from 320 to 1520. NMSC adds section scores for math and reading and multiplies it by two to determine students’ eligibility. The average score needed for college admittance the SAT is a 1030, which is the equivalent of a 20 on the ACT.

Additionally, juniors have the possibility to win scholarship money on the PSAT from the National Merit Scholarship. To qualify as a semifinalist, juniors must place in the top 1 percent of scores. Approximately 16,000 students quality as a semifinalist. 15,000 of those students go on to become a National Merit Finalist.

“It is a great opportunity for students to have exposure to the test before they have to take it for college placement Junior year,” said Mrs. Sheri Reiplinger.

In years past, schools administered the ACT tests as Illinois Standardize Testing. Recently, however, the state decided the SAT was the more financially stable choice for testing. It is also an Illinois requirement to prohibit any technology, including iPads. Any student who is found with technology in the testing room will be disqualified, as well the whole class, and all students will have to pay to re-take it.

“I feel that many students do not take testing as seriously as they should because they don’t understand how it benefits them. It is very important to take advantage of these opportunities because students don’t know what the future holds for them and this could be a huge opportunity for them academically and financially,” said Reiplinger.



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The PSAT and SAT: Why do you need it?