By Shawkat Harb
The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is a standardized test that plays an important role in a student’s college admissions process. To many, this will be one of the most important tests they will take while in high school.
On October 11, all sophomores in the Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) partook in the PSAT: a simulation of the SAT. Each student had their own personal opinion on the level of difficulty. Michael Grande, 10, commented “the PSAT helped me learn what to expect when I take the real SAT.”
The main purpose of these tests are to expose participating students to the mindset and skills required in order to do well on the exam. “It forces us to do well under pressure,” said Bryn Gonzales, 10, who recently took the PSAT.
Some, including freshmen and juniors, also had the option of taking the PSAT to get extra preparation. Abdelraziq Dahdul, 11, one of the junior participants, called it “one of the most helpful experiences I will take before the real SAT.”
Assistant Principal, Mrs. Chann, the lead coordinator for the event, gave her input on the benefits for taking the PSAT and why students should be used to to their advantage. The PSAT “takes the mystery out of the SAT and builds students’ confidence…When you get your test results, don’t stress, it’s just a guide.”