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From Prep to Success: Developing Strategies for the BAHS PSATs

The PSAT is scheduled for October 14th.

Bel Air High School’s annual PSAT is being hosted on October 14th at 7:30am! Applications are open until September 6th for students in 10th and 11th grade.  

Once registered for the PSAT, students will receive an email containing details about the test and a recap of the information they entered upon registration. Additionally, the email will contain a link to access practice questions specifically designed to mimic the format and difficulty level of the actual test. These practice questions will enable students to familiarize themselves with the types of problems they may encounter during the exam and help them gage their current level of preparedness. This will allow students to identify their strengths and weaknesses in different subject areas, preparing them to focus their study efforts accordingly. By practicing these questions, students can gain confidence in their abilities and develop effective strategies for tackling similar problems on the actual test day. 

A preparation strategy that should be taken advantage of is analyzing past PSATs. This involves studying the types of questions asked in each section, the order in which they are presented, and the time allotted for each section. By familiarizing oneself with these details, test-takers can develop a strategic approach to manage their time effectively during the actual exam. 

Additionally, reviewing past PSATs allows individuals to identify patterns and reoccurring themes in the content. This can help them prioritize their study efforts by focusing on areas that are more likely to be tested. For example, if certain math concepts or grammar rules frequently appear in previous exams, it would be wise to dedicate more time to mastering those topics. 

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Another option is completing practice questions under timed conditions. This strategy provides the opportunity to practice under realistic testing conditions, preparing oneself for the pressures applied by a time limit on the actual exam. By simulating the actual test environment using timed questions, individuals can identify areas where they need improvement. This can help students develop a better understanding of their strengths, weaknesses, and find target areas to practice.  

One of the most crucial things when preparing for any daunting task is taking care of one’s overall well-being. Getting enough sleep, eating nutritious meals, and exercising regularly will help optimize the brain’s function and concentration. It is also essential to manage stress and practice relaxation techniques. While this test may seem like it deserves priority over self-care, it’s important for students to avoid overworking themselves, so they don’t run into the issue of burnout. Instead, test-takers should allow themselves time to rest and relax, ensuring they are mentally and physically prepared for the PSAT. A balanced approach is key to achieving success on any exam, this one being no different.  

Overall, the PSATs are easily survivable if you prepare. Using resources efficiently can lead to a less stressful and fun experience!