Original post made by Corynn, Danville, on Oct 16, 2011
Is there really any truth in the saying, "Practice makes perfect"? Well, before you answer that you have to be able to define "perfect". There are so many different definitions, that, any debates you have (with your brother about how he's wrong and you're right) seem to go on and on and on. I don't agree with the saying. Don't misinterpret me- I think practice really helps. I just don't think perfection can be achieved through practice. Take for example the SAT that most high school students take in preparation for college. There is a reason why they have the PSAT; it's so you have a chance to practice taking a shorter version of the test (hence the name Pre/Practice-SAT).
Before I took the PSAT, I took a prep class that our school offered. The class was held on three Tuesdays and a forth meeting to discuss the results of our test. I took the class from 7pm to 9pm. Originally, I was worried about how long the class was, and whether I would learn anything of real value. Also, I was wondering how would I find time to finish my regular nightly homework. But, I was pleasantly surprise with the class and what I learned. After the class was over many students complained about how they didn't learn anything, but I would have to disagree with them. I didn't take the class to get answers; I took the class to learn how to take the test, and that's what it was about. We quickly went over the actual information but most of the time was spent learning how to interpret the questions and learning the little tricks they put in the SAT.
Things I learned in preparation for taking PSAT/SAT:
1. The SAT is notorious for the length of time it takes and most students get tired. Right from the "get go" our instructor told us to watch out for our minds "wondering" during the test.
2. The Math portions won't be impossible to solve, they will just be worded differently.
Make sure to read the entire question, multiple times, because the real question isn't always at the beginning or the end of the question.
3. If you can eliminate at least TWO of the answers, then you should definitely mark your choice because you have a greater chance of getting it right. You don't get marked down if you don't fill anything in, but you don't get a point either. But, if you mark the wrong answer then they will dock you a fourth of a point.
4. Also make sure to get a good night's rest for multiple days in advance. There is no essay on the PSAT but you still need to be able to focus on the multiple parts of the test.
5. Our instructor told us to take our scores with a "grain of salt". It was our first time taking the test and no matter how hard we studied there were going to be a lot of things that we just weren't prepared for.
I was glad to take the prep class, and the PSAT because they both gave me the opportunity to practice before the SAT. And although I don't believe practice will enable me to get a perfect score, I believe with all my heart that "practice makes better!"
So, I will end this entry with a quote from my PSAT Prep-class instructor-
"When you get your scores don't read the number and go, 'UGH… I hate myself'. Look at the other information given to you. And if you're really not satisfied with the score…Guess what? You can take the test again and again and again as many times as you like!"