Don’t F-R-E-T the P-S-A-T


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Junior Carter Eddlemon takes a study break

All juniors, sophomores and freshmen are required to report to school on Wednesday, Oct. 10, to take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT).

Testing begins at 8:15 a.m. Students are usually finished by noon.

Those who do extremely well can qualify for merit-based scholarships for college. The PSAT can help prepare younger students for the SAT and can help juniors seeking scholarships.

The PSAT consists of reading, writing and language and math. The test does not have an optional essay and it is a condensed version of the actual SAT. The PSAT is scored between 320 to 1530 points.

Several students at The Academy offered advice before the big day of testing.

“Eat breakfast and get a good amount of sleep so you’re ready for the test,” senior Holland Schell said.

“Don’t stress about it because it won’t help you in the end,” senior McKay Powers said.

Price Lee, a junior, suggested students prepare by attending the PSAT classes offered in the morning and afternoon.

Freshmen new to the PSAT may not know what to expect. Sophomore Lila McCord, who took it for the first time last year, offered a word of caution.

“It was harder than I expected,” Lila said. “I felt like I did not know half the stuff on there.”