You start taking them in first grade, so it’s not like it’s anything new. But standardized tests become a more important part of your life once you get to high school. Whether it’s the PLAN or PSAT (taken early in high school), the ACT or SAT a little later, or even an end of high school, graduation test, “I just don’t test well” is increasingly not an option anymore..
The PLAN and PSAT to help prepare for what’s to come, and ultimately, the ACT and SAT are, collectively, a critical component in your college admission. Neither is an intelligence test, and too much significance should NOT be placed on either a high or a low score (yours or anyone else’s). And while I don’t want to contribute to the stress many students feel about these tests, I also don’t want to downplay their importance. Your score(s) is only one of many factors used by colleges to make admission and financial aid decisions. But what you want yours to do is either validate a high GPA or overcome a low one. Being knowledgeable about and prepared for the tests becomes critical.
Some basic information and guidance can go a long way toward helping you feel more comfortable. Below are some suggestions to help:
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