By Catey Mendoza
Sophomores and juniors will be taking the PSAT in the auxiliary gym and library on Oct. 15. The test is designed to prepare students for the SAT.
The signup deadline has already passed but Kayhi counselor Natasha O’Brien said some extra tests were ordered for kids who still want to take it.
On average, students in Alaska who have taken the PSAT first tend to score about 200 points higher on their SAT said Mrs. O’Brien.
“I think that’s partly because they get some practice with the format of it, maybe makes them a little less nervous, and when you get your results back you get study suggestions so you know what you are good at and what you still need to work on,” Mrs. O’Brien said.
Senior Hailee Miller said the PSAT helped her prepare for the SAT because then she knew to not answer the questions she didn’t know.
“You get docked a quarter of a point for every question answered incorrectly, but if you leave an answer blank then you don’t get penalized for it unlike the ACT which doesn’t subtract any points for wrong answers,” said Miller.