by Lily Moran | staff writer
Students who were unable to sit for the PSAT will now have a second chance to take the test.
“It’s important that we do the second PSAT because a lot of kids didn’t get the opportunity to do it the first time so this time the PSAT is open for ninth, tenth and then the eleventh grade that didn’t get the chance the first time,” PSAT coordinator Tenley Barrow said. “So that’s really important for the kids that maybe were virtual at the beginning of the year that didn’t get to or they get to come back to campus after January.”
The test will not be distributed online, meaning students will have to come into school to take it.
“The test is in person this year, it will not be transmitted online,” Barrow said.
Faculty encourages students to participate in taking the PSAT because of the benefits it can bring in the future.
“The benefits to me- the main thing the benefit would be the practice cause you’re practicing in getting a lot of really great practice in order to prepare yourself for the SAT so if you’re a freshman taking it for the first time you really have no idea of what it entails when you’re a sophomore and take it again by the time you’re a junior you’ve taken it for the third time,” Barrow said.
Faculty also claim that the more experience with testing the higher the score will be.
“In almost every time when we look at the numbers and everything your score gets higher every time you take it because, you know, in your classes throughout the year you are learning what concepts and things like that and you’re able to succeed,” Barrow said.
While the school has had about 500 take the PSAT this year, there are still some who will not sit for the test because of public health concerns.
“People are not feeling comfortable enough to come on campus to take the test so we’ve had a few kids that have expressed concern over that and I totally understand,” Barrow said. “And so I’ll be sending an email out to students and parents about a week before the test and if anybody just decides they change their minds and they don’t feel comfortable coming to school that day to test then we will take them off the list no big deal,”
The faculty has a list of what is recommended to bring and what they will provide students with as well as the date of the test.
“It’s all on a Tuesday, Tuesday Jan. 26; we will provide you with a calculator for them unless they would just like to bring their own. They obviously need to bring a mask. I suggest bringing a snack and a water with a lid and then they bring 2 number 2 pencils,” Barrow said.
If students have any questions or concerns regarding the PSAT they can reach out to the coordinator, Tenley Barrow.
“They can email me my email is firstname.lastname@example.org and I’m the coordinator for all the PSAT and SAT and AST testing so if they have questions they can just reach out to me and I’ll give them the answers,” Barrow said.