It’s Getting Real, Juniors: PSAT by Christina Peitler

By Christina Peitler

Juniors, it's time to start thinking about college, SATs, and what your career will be after you no longer walk the halls of Mineola High School. Juniors took the PSAT on October 11th in the school. In the morning, they looked for their name and testing room and reported for the exam.  Even though this test will not be reviewed by colleges or be a factor in deciding your admission, the test is to practice for the SAT. The results will help determine what your weakness and strengths are for the upcoming SAT. It also highlights what you must work on before the real test is placed in front of you.

            The PSAT is offered nationally every October. Over 3.4 million students who are mostly juniors and sophomores take the test every year. The PSAT is approximately 2 hours and 43 minutes and the cost has been paid for by the school. The test is accumulated into two sections, Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing. The two sections are scored from 160-760, with a maximum combined score of 1520. The PSATs and the SAT are very similar, and the PSAT is a great way to prepare for the SAT.

            Despite the PSAT not being a score in your average or sent to colleges, as always, it was essential to try your best. It is also the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship. If your score is high enough and you are in the top percentile, you may be able to get scholarships and national merit recognition.

For more information on the PSAT visit https://collegereadiness.colle... for more information.  


I'm in my 35th year of teaching, 34 of them in Mineola.  I teach 8th and 11th grade English at the high school, and I am the adviser for the Question Mark, the high school newspaper.  I also am assistant director for the spring musical and the adviser for the Creative Writing Club. 

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