• Hayden Hodges

Why you should focus on this week's PSAT

The PSAT is coming up for sophomores on October 30, 2019. It tends to be overlooked by some students because it is not factored into their grades, but in this article we'll discuss why you should take the PSAT seriously and always try your best.

First of all, the PSAT would normally cost $16 to attempt, but luckily Cairo High School pays for you to take it. Additionally, what you may not know is that this test can benefit you in more ways than you might expect.

For starters, it helps you get a good idea on how prepared you are for the SAT. Anyone planning on attending college should consider taking the SAT (you must take either the SAT or ACT; see guidance for fee waivers and help signing up), and unlike the PSAT, how you perform on the SAT will have major consequences for your future, including which colleges you might get accepted to. It's better to be safe than sorry, so if you put full effort into the PSAT, the different sections of your test score will tell you what you should focus more on, as well as what you have a good grip on.

Next, you can earn scholarships for a good score on the PSAT. According to the Princeton Review, "more than $255 million in scholarship money is available annually, so you have nothing to lose!" Specifically, the PSAT is the National Merit Scholarship qualifying test.

Why not take this test seriously to try and earn a scholarship, when you have nothing to lose, and only things to gain? In other words, you can take a normally $16 test for free with the chance of earning a scholarship.