All OCHS Sophomores Take PSAT

By Camille Slaughter, Reporter   

 

The PSAT were held on October 19th in many classrooms throughout the school. Students were tested on subjects such as English and math to see where they are in retrospect to other students.

 

The PSAT’s are a practice test for students to prepare them for  the SAT’s, which are held later in the school year. The SAT’s during this school year are being held on November 5, December 3, January 21, March 11, May 6, and June 3.

 

Principal, Tom Lovell said at an assembly for sophomores that the PSAT’s can provide “scholarship opportunities if you get a certain score your junior year. It will also help you forecast, helping you chose classes that will prepare you for college.” Sophomore, Sadie Seward said, “the PSAT’s are important to get practice before the SAT which actually counts. It gives students an opportunity to gain understanding about what the [SAT] is like.”

 

It is free for all sophomores but will cost $15 for freshmen and juniors. The PSAT is 2 hours and 45 minutes long in comparison to the SAT, which is 3 hours long, plus 50 minutes for an optional essay section. The questions usually start out easy and progressively get harder.

 

The test evaluates students on math, reading and writing. 60 minutes is devoted to the reading portion, the questions ranging from world literature to history science. 35 minutes is given to writing, where students will express ideas with standard English conventions. 25 minutes for math without a calculator and 45 minutes with a calculator, the questions ranging from problem solving to data analysis. 

 

Collegeboard.org will help answer any questions students may have. Students also received a practice booklet to help them prepare for the PSAT on Monday, October 17th.

 

The point system of the PSAT isn't like your normal tests. Lovell said, “you only get points for answers you get right, it doesn't go against you if you get a question wrong." This means that even if you don't know the answer you can guess and you won't be penalized.

 

Many sophomores plan on taking the PSAT. For some like Sophomore, Makenzie Chan-Orcutt “not taking the PSAT isn't an option.”