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Hi guys,

I feel incredibly stupid. When I took my PSAT of my sophomore year I got an extremely low score of 600. And when I took it again early of my junior year (this year) it only went up 160 points, so I got a 760. I feel really stupid.

I know the PSAT scores don't really matter, but I've heard people getting 900's or even higher scores like 1200 or 1600 and I feel like a failure.

Does anyone have any advice about this?

And I don't know if I should go and take the SAT / ACT yet for the testing dates coming up in April, May, and June. Right now I'm way too busy, it's stupid, I'm taking way too challenging classes like IB and AP, leaving me without much time to study as of right now. Should I maybe take it my Senior year? I don't feel ready yet, and again, trying to find time to study now seems almost hard.

Thanks for taking your time to read this.
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Your post is SO well-written, it makes me think that your problem is not lack of knowledge or intelligence, but perhaps speed or test taking skills. If youre taking AP classes, you probably have vocabulary and reasoning. How comfortable were you with the test taking set up?

Eta - i just saw some of your other posts about test taking, they kind of answered my question. I think you know the answer!
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Test are standardized by a bunch of people who think that this is the way it should work (They make a lot of money doing this, and if you keep paying they profit). Some of us don't function in the way they think. I'm Dyslexic I have never been good at taking certain tests. On the other hand there are some test I destroy. There are so many things that go into being *smart* that it's up to the individual to decide what that is. I ask myself am I just a bunch of numbers or due I measure by other means?
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Default Re: My PSAT score was really low ..

I gotta agree with TheLifeFantastic.

The PSAT/SAT is all about knowing how to take the test. It has almost literally nothing to do with brainpower or intelligence- so don't feel like a failure!! I struggled with it, too.

The secret is learning how to take the test. There are a lot of tricks they throw in to deceive you, and learning those tricks is a huge key to taking the test! I took classes, but look some of the things up online- you'll learn some important tips and tricks.

And honestly, I would just go for it this year. You by no means have to; but it's one of those things that can't hurt, because you can just take it again.

PLUS, fun fact! You can mix scores you take from other SAT tests; so let's say you do good in the math portion of one but then do AMAZING in the reading section of another SAT you took, but not the math section. You can take the reading score from one and the math from the other so you can have your best results!!

Good luck!

As someone who was in AP, Dual Credit, and graduated early, I promise you: You can do this!
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I did ridiculously bad on my SAT. As it turned out, I took classes first at my community college and then transferred to a University. They looked at me as a Transfer Student, so my SAT didnít matter as much as my transcripts from the college (which were Aís). This was a long time ago, so IDK if itís still true for you.

Also, I am NOT dumb. I was truent a lot in school, did not study whatsoever for the SAT.

Maybe you should take SAT prep courses.
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No worries! I scored a whole 720 and I got accepted to all the schools I applied to and went to a very nice private college.
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Your post is SO well-written, it makes me think that your problem is not lack of knowledge or intelligence, but perhaps speed or test taking skills. If youre taking AP classes, you probably have vocabulary and reasoning. How comfortable were you with the test taking set up?

Eta - i just saw some of your other posts about test taking, they kind of answered my question. I think you know the answer!
I am so, really sorry ó to you, and to everyone else for replying late. I have not checked my PyschCentral account in such a long time because I thought maybe my post got lost somewhere down in the site with other posts haha.

I really appreciate your comment about my post was well-written, and it honestly boosted my confidence and esteem up. And thank you for even going as far as looking into the other posts I made, it really shows you care, and I appreciate that.

I mean, even though Iím replying really late ó and I havenít taken the PSAT again of course, I felt a little uncomfortable. On the bright hand, I actually took the SAT two times again, and the ACT once, and they were still low ó but they definitely went up than the one I had before.

Thank you again for taking your time to reply. Sorry that this was long haha. I appreciate you and everyone else for replying.
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Hi ó ahh, Iím sorry for replying late. I havenít checked my account in a long time. I understand, and I feel you. Tests arenít my forte either. Itís sort of nice knowing that Iím not the only one in this boat of failing at tests, which Iím sure thereís many people like me and you out there, just knowing that weíre not alone sort of helps to alleviate that negative feeling.
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Test are standardized by a bunch of people who think that this is the way it should work (They make a lot of money doing this, and if you keep paying they profit). Some of us don't function in the way they think. I'm Dyslexic I have never been good at taking certain tests. On the other hand there are some test I destroy. There are so many things that go into being *smart* that it's up to the individual to decide what that is. I ask myself am I just a bunch of numbers or due I measure by other means?
Thank you for replying back to me, and again ó just like everyone else, I wanted to apologize for replying late. Also, thank you for stating that. I feel that standardized tests just cost money, and donít necessarily measure intelligence levels. I mean, I agree that if ďmostĒ people have made it this far since standardized tests have been out, theyíre effective, just not effective for me or certain people/groups.

But I definitely get what you mean ó and I mean, of course, there are other routes to getting into college, and of course, one test doesnít necessarily define our intelligence just like you said haha.

Thank you.
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