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Why Are Schools Funding the SAT? They Should Instead Focus on the PSAT!

March 18, 2018

An article by Nick Anderson in yesterday’s Washington Post described how Maryland school districts are underwriting the costs of the SAT in an effort to encourage students to enroll in colleges. This is misguided. Here’s the comment I left expressing the reasons why:

It would be far better to pay for the PSAT for two reasons. First, the PSAT scores are the basis for National Merit Scholarships, which might enable a previously overlooked student to either gain the attention of the school staff or, possibly, even qualify for a scholarship. Secondly, since the PSAT is offered a year earlier, it would provide the student with more time to address academic deficiencies that might be flagged by taking the test.

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