What you need to know about this year’s PSAT administration


Alina Abidi

A high score on the preliminary SAT, most commonly known as the PSAT, can mean a “Congratulations” and a Rice Krispies treat for some, and for a small group, a lucky few, it can mean a big, fat scholarship. However, for most students, across MVHS and across the country, it serves a different, simpler purpose: to give students a taste of the SAT and allow them a quick peek at what’s ahead in their junior or senior years.

This year, CollegeBoard moved the weekend test to a school day, stating that “testing on a weekday does not interfere with work or family obligations scheduled on the weekend”. Though some Long Island schools were upset with the switch, concerned about both a lack of testing space and the time taken from the school day, Dean of Students Leslie Robledo explained that MVHS is large enough to administer the test, and that a revised schedule allows students to stay caught up with their schedule.

“Kids are missing an amount of time, but they’re still going to all the same classes,” she said.
The Wednesday even classes, beginning after the test ends at 11:00 a.m., will be in blocks of 60 minutes rather than 95 minutes, allowing testing students to attend all their classes. The modified school day may mean that students miss instructional time, but for most, it will just allow for a longer breakfast.