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Angelika Tabujara, junior, studies for the PSAT. Tabujara is one of the select juniors to take the PSAT.

Angelika Tabujara, junior, studies for the PSAT. Tabujara is one of the select juniors to take the PSAT.

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Angelika Tabujara, junior, studies for the PSAT. Tabujara is one of the select juniors to take the PSAT.

Tracee Okazaki-Lemapu, Staff Writer

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Sophomores and select juniors will take their Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test on Wednesday at Chaparral High School.

Testing will take place in the Aux Gym, starting at 7:05 a.m, and students are instructed to bring their student identification card, a No. 2 pencil, an eraser, and a calculator.   

“It’s important to take the test, so that you can go to college,”  junior Victoria Dominguez said.

The PSAT is also known as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and is administered by the College Board and co-sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Around 3.5 million sophomores and juniors take this test every year and can only be taken once per year.  

Despite the test being taken by mostly sophomores, only junior-year scores will count toward the National Merit Scholarship.

That shouldn’t discourage sophomores from trying on the test, however.

One of the key purposes of taking the PSAT as a sophomore is to tell the student what he or she needs to work on in order to be ready for taking it again during his or her junior year.

“The PSAT is a wonderful tool for 10th grade students to actually see a college entrance exam and what colleges expect of incoming freshman,” English teacher Kathleen Fick said.

The PSAT began in 1971, as a tool to assess a student’s readiness for college at an earlier grade.

All 10th graders are encouraged to take this test, however, due to Clark County School District budget cuts this year, many students do not have the opportunity.

In past years, the test was given to all sophomores and select juniors.

“The fact that only a small percentage of 10th graders are given the opportunity to take this test due to budget cuts is essentially an injustice,” Fick said.

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