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Officials offer PSAT push

Posted: October 9, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 9, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Time is running out  for parents to sign up their college-bound children to take the PSAT, school officials said Monday.

The test is a practice exam that gives students a reasonable assessment of where they are academically.

“A lot of kids will take it sophomore year as a ‘practice’ practice, but it’s for the junior year,” said Kathy Stroh, Valencia High counselor.

The counselor said she encourages students to take it after they’ve had geometry, which may take place by their sophomore year. That’s the earliest a student may take the exam.

“It lets you know what your weaknesses are and this helps to tell you what you have down and where you need to learn,” Stroh said.

The test is similar in format to the SAT, with writing, math and reading sections.

For those seeking accolades and scholarship money upon graduating high school, the exam is also important.

The first cut for the National Merit Scholarship program is based on PSAT scores.  

Stroh said some schools no longer have spots available for Saturday’s test, but Valencia and a couple others still have spots.

A student take the test at any location. Contact the local school’s office for information.



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