Making a test prep plan

You need to allow yourself 6-9 weeks ahead of a test date to do focused preparation, whatever that’s going to look like for you.

Picking the right test dates

You don't have to take every test until you get the score you're looking for. With a little planning, you can cut the tests down to 2, and maybe even just 1.

How to figure out which test is right for you

The old wisdom used to be that you should register to take each test once then compare your scores on focus on that test. In some ways, the old wisdom still works except now you don’t have to wait until an official test date.

The First Step in Test Prep

The first step in planning your test prep is understanding what score you're going to need in order to get into the school you want. The key to getting accepted into a specific school has as much to do with staying out of the “No” pile as anything else. The easiest way for an admissions officer to stamp “Denied” on an application is if a student’s GPA and test scores don’t match what they’re looking for.

What do you do when you get your PSAT scores back?

If you're a sophomore or freshman, you're going to use the scores very differently than if you're a junior. For Juniors, the PSAT score is a fantastic way to look at exactly what you need to work on before that test. For sophomores, it's going to tell you exactly what to work on before you take the test as juniors.
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