If I have an 8th grader doing 9th grade work when should he take the psat for practice and for real?
My advice is to wait.... wait until you feel like you know when "junior" year will be. You will know, because you'll be thinking about colleges, and how to apply to colleges. At that point, when you've decided it's junior year, THAT is when you take the PSAT "for real." Then let the year before that be 10th grade, and take the PSAT for fun. Taking the PSAT fun fun is really NOT a huge deal. It's more important to study for the SAT. If you have an extremely bright child, then they can raise their score on the SAT much more by actually studying for the SAT. The PSAT doesn't really increase the score much at all.
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I was wondering if there is a minimum age requirement for the PSAT. I have students who are interested in taking it earlier than in 10th grade.
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