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David Recine

Studying for the PSAT in the Summer

studying for the PSAT Summer

School’s out for summer! And by now, you’re several weeks into your summer break. If you haven’t started some summer PSAT studying, you should. Here are a few reasons summer is a great time for both fun and a little bit of test prep.

The PSAT is offered in the Fall

Why is the PSAT’s Fall date a good reason for PSAT summer study? Because summer leads into Fall! If you start studying for the PSAT at some point in the summer, you’ll have weeks or months of study time before Fall arrives and it’s time to take the PSAT.

And yes, I did say weeks or months. The best part about summer PSAT studying is that you don’t have to study all summer. You could choose to really focus on your PSAT study in the month of August. Or you start your PSAT study earlier in June or July, if stretching your studies over the whole summer works better for you.

It’s easier to focus on test prep if you don’t have other homework

Summer is a time of minimal academic stress. And when you’re less stressed out, it’s easier to focus on mastering an exam. During the school year, anytime you’re studying for a test, you have to balance your test prep with homework from other classes. But in the summer, you don’t even have to attend other classes, much less do other homework. This gives you a unique opportunity to just focus on the PSAT, with no other stressful distractions. And bear in mind that preparing for the PSAT is not as time-consuming as regular high school studies. You’ll still have plenty of time for summer fun between your PSAT prep sessions. And that summer fun can keep you energized and focused when you study.

Unique PSAT study opportunities are available in the summer

Speaking of classes, it’s much easier to enroll in a PSAT prep course in the summer. Private tutoring centers and test prep academies keep longer hours in the summer. And you have more chances to go to these places for test prep during the day, instead of later in the evening when you’re more tired and less able to concentrate on your studies. Not only that, but there are also a lot of summer camps for PSAT and SAT prep. And speaking of studying the PSAT and SAT together…

In the summer, you have enough time to study for both the PSAT and SAT

A high PSAT score certainly has its own distinct benefits, separate from the SAT. Most importantly, your PSAT score can make you eligible for a National Merit Scholarship. But in the long run, the SAT is the most important exam; it’s the test that can actually get you accepted into college.

The two exams are very similar — the PSAT is basically a slightly easier version of the SAT. Both exams touch on all the same skills. So in the summer, you’ll have more than enough time to prepare for both tests. And if you prepare well, you’ll be able to take both the PSAT and the SAT in the Fall. Imagine having your two major standardized tests out of the way in the first few months of your coming school year.

About David Recine

David is a test prep expert at Magoosh. He has a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has been teaching K-12, University, and adult education classes since 2007 and has worked with students from every continent. Currently, David lives in a small town in the American Upper Midwest. When he’s not teaching or writing, David studies Korean, plays with his son, and takes road trips to Minneapolis to get a taste of city life. Follow David on Google+ and Twitter!

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