I received my PSAT scores. Now what?
My scores are low. Does this mean I won’t get into college?
If I don’t get National Merit, does that hurt my chances of getting into college?
How can I use the PSAT to create a successful test prep plan?
- Are you strong in mathematics and enjoy geometry and trigonometry? If yes, the ACT’s math section will suit you well.
- Is your PSAT percentile low, as well as your enthusiasm for the test? Explore the ACT as an alternative.
- Are you an avid reader and writer who enjoys language and literature? The SAT is comprised of two-thirds verbal material, including a timed, graded essay, so perhaps the SAT will showcase your talents best.
- Use the PSAT to help you identify your weakest PSAT subsections and target exactly what you should focus on to prepare for a strong SAT performance.
- Did the Sentence Completions on Critical Reading section challenge you? If so, specific emphasis on SAT vocabulary is called for.
- Did the Identifying Sentence Errors on the Writing cause you some confusion? If so, a review of SAT Grammar is necessary.
- Did the student-produced responses in the Math pose a problem? If so, a review of the most common SAT math questions is in order.
- If your PSAT math is low, then you most certainly will need to create a plan for math preparation for both the SAT and the SAT Subject Tests in math. Most competitive schools want to see you submit a Subject Test in mathematics.
- If your PSAT Critical Reading is high, then you might be a good candidate for the Literature Subject Test, a test of passage-based reading on poetry and prose passages. A strong verbal mind is required for success on this exam.
Reprinted with the permission of Academic Approach. © 2008 Academic Approach.
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