Caiden Lujin, Staff Writer

Taking the PSAT and SAT can be beneficial for college bound students. This year, Wednesday, October 13 is the day for the SAT and PSAT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test). Check Mane Street for your testing room number or look for an email in Outlook from testing coordinator Mr. Suffron ([email protected]) regarding your registration status and testing location.

All freshmen and sophomores will take the PSAT, while juniors and seniors will have already registered for the test that they will be taking Wednesday. If you are an upperclassman and did not already register, your email will instruct you to report to the table in front of the library. 

If you are taking either the SAT or PSAT, bring a pencil, calculator, water bottle and snack, as this test is long and will take up the bulk of your day. Additionally, bring your normal school supplies, as all students will report to their 6th and 7th periods after the testing time is complete. 

To prepare for your test, get at least eight hours of sleep the night before taking it. Studies have shown that getting a good night’s sleep is effective in clearing the brain and maintaining its normal functioning with less distraction. Also, make sure to eat breakfast the morning of and stay hydrated throughout the duration of your test and beforehand. Additionally, make sure to familiarize yourself with the types of questions that you may see on the test as well as reviewing a wide range of content that you have learned in the past, no matter the subject.

It’s important to remember that either of these tests have the ability to open further academic opportunities in your future depending on how well you do on them, so take them seriously, but don’t be intimidated. Get good sleep, study and you will be well on your way to scoring high on your PSAT or SAT. Good luck, Chargers!