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October 11, 2021

PHHS Juniors take the PSAT, the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test, every October. 

The PSAT is valuable in two ways:  it is a pathway for scholarships and a way to prepare students for the SAT, a college admissions exam they will take in April. Students must say "yes" to the College Board's Student Search Service to be visible to their Scholarship Partners and Providers. The PSAT is also the qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship, a prestigious academic competition that provides a $2,500 scholarship. For students who are not interested in scholarships, the PSAT is a great way to prepare for the SAT. While students have taken part in test prep activities in the past where the PSAT was simulated and they were timed while taking a past version of the test, the current PSAT is the best way to prepare for the upcoming SAT, because essentially the tests are the exact same; the SAT is longer and can be more difficult, because it has more of the "difficult" level questions on it. 

To help your child prepare for Wednesday's PSAT, you can make sure he or she gets a good night's sleep before the exam and remind him or her to eat a good breakfast. Other reminders can include to bring a calculator on the day of the test and that cell phones will not be allowed in the testing area. 

For questions regarding the PSAT or the upcoming SAT, contact our guidance counselor Beth Arnold at beth.arnold@phwolves.com.

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