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PSAT provides inefficient preparation for freshman

Freshmen and sophomores are required to take the PSAT in early March to test their skills.

Maria Krug '22, Staff Writer

March 14, 2020

The SAT: a standardized test juniors take in October measuring their knowledge and skill in school subjects. The score received will then be used to help you succeed in college and your career after that. At Staples High School, freshmen and sophomores are required to take the PSAT around March to...

Underclassmen display mixed feelings over recent PSAT testing

With the PSATs coming up, students try their best to study using the student guide that was given out during the connections period.

Shira Zeiberg '22 and Tori Wilson '22

March 10, 2020

Underclassman express opinions about PSAT

Jake Ment ’22 imitates taking the PSAT which took place on March 4 and 5. Upperclassmen got to come in late both days so freshmen and sophomores could take the test.

Lily Caplan '22 and Lucy Zuckerman '22

March 10, 2020

The PSAT is important

The PSAT is important

October 23, 2017

By Isabella Bullock '19 The PSAT is known to help prepare students for the SAT, and all high school students who are looking to improve their scores should take it. It’s main purpose is to give students an idea of what their test scores will be like, with minimum to no studying, so that student...

[April 2017] Helicopter parents prompt security action at PSAT10 exam

[April 2017] Helicopter parents prompt security action at PSAT10 exam

April 26, 2017

By: Brendan Massoud '17 and Alex Spadacenta '17 Exceeding involvement in students’ academic and standardized-testing lives, deemed ‘helicopter parenting,’ is a phenomenon which has just recently made its way onto the national stage. The behavior of some parents regarding this year’s PSAT10...

New PSAT prompts mixed reactions

New PSAT prompts mixed reactions

Renee Weisz, Staff Writer

October 19, 2015

On Wednesday, Oct. 14, the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT was administered for the first time to juniors and sophomores both at Staples and nationally. The PSAT was conducted  in preparation for the redesigned SAT beginning in March of 2016.   According to the College Board, key changes include a 30-minute extension to total ...

Students ponder the purpose of PPSATs

Graphic by Sally Park '15

Alix Sommers, Staff Writer

March 9, 2015

As sophomores are thinking about signing up for the upcoming PPSAT or PSAT simulation on March 7, all that comes to mind is how overwhelmingly early it is to be thinking about taking a test for college in your sophomore year. The purpose of the PPSAT, as described by Westport Continuing Education,...

Crazy Cramming Clues: A Last-Minute Guide to the ACTs/SATs

Crazy Cramming Clues: A Last-Minute Guide to the ACTs/SATs

Chloe Baker, Staff Writer

May 2, 2013

By the end of fourth quarter, most sluggish seniors are seasoned pros when it comes to standardized testing. From the funny joke that were pre-PSATs, to the times we were dragged to school early on Saturday mornings to take a test that influenced our scholastic future, the long road that is high school...

PPSAT Shown Valuable in the Pre-College Process

The PPSAT, taken by sophomores in mid-March is helpful in preparing for the PSATs and SATs

March 12, 2010

Monica Mula '10 Web Opinions Editor Each year around mid–March, the stress levels among the grades are drastically different. Sophomores have just finished the long weeks of CAPT testing, while all other grades have enjoyed weeks of sleeping in and feel well-rested and refreshed. Now comes the ti...

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