ACT/PSAT/SAT Readiness

By: Hannah Gilchrist

That time of year is rolling back around again and students have started to prepare for the PSAT, SAT, and ACTs. DSHS students share advice based on their experiences with the tests.

Danica Best, Freshman

“At first I was really stressed out about the test, even though it had no impact on my grade. I remember doing Khan Academy just trying to remember all the things I had [previously] learned or was supposed to learn. Also, the fact that COVID hit meant that I didn’t learn everything, so I felt even more unprepared. A week before the test I finally stopped stressing out about it and it felt so much better. I’m glad I did, because I felt more relaxed and mentally prepared going into it. I just had to trust myself. What I would do differently is find a balance between studying and relaxing.”

Teresa Brod, Junior 

“Taking the test [PSAT] can be stressful, but it’s very good preparation for the actual SAT. 

I definitely recommend taking it, as it’s a good way to prepare for any other admissions tests. The practice tests help me feel less stressed, more comfortable and familiar with the format.”

Soraya Khezrefaridi, Senior

“I’ve been taking the PSAT since I was in seventh grade and I think the exposure to the test really helped me out in the long run. I did take an SAT prep class over the summer and it actually benefited me a lot-, by 200 points.” 

“Taking the test is exhausting; I know this sounds like something your mom would say, but get lots of rest the night before, eat a good meal that morning, and make sure to stay hydrated.” 

“My preparation did help me in the end, I don’t have a stellar score, but I do have one that I was hoping for. If I could do something differently, I probably would’ve not gone out the night before my test. I also think another prep class wouldn’t have hurt, either.”

Alan Anderson, Senior“I took the SAT and ACT but chose to focus on the SAT and prepare for my next couple attempts. To prepare, I used the SAT study guide by College Board. Taking the test was not very stressful to me, only the time waiting to take it. The preparation definitely

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