Fourteen, according to the College Board, twelve for Princeton.
As students entering middle school face gradual load ofhomework and tests, the College Board believes they should also start worrying about colleges. They believe students should start worrying about the SAT to "help them".
Help them with what?Break downs? Apparently it's to identify which students have talent and are likely to "succeed if they take honors or AP courses, but have not been recognized".
Although the PSAT is voluntary,eighth graders need to be reminded what is important in their life. But parents want their children to take the PSAT in eighth grade to prepare them for another PSAT to prepare them for the SAT.Ridiculous right?
Robert Shaeffer, the public education director of Cambridge, says it's to "Get ready to get ready to get ready".
The only way you can really prepare students entering high schoolis it assure them, that they will always have a future in what they love. The thought of SATs should not bombard their delicate mind while they are still discovering what the world can offer them. No,this is not an exaggeration. They need to be physiologically preparing themselves for a world of older people and tests after tests.
Surprisingly Princeton Review disagrees; they think studentsshould take the PSAT when they're in sixth grade. Princton Review's Kanarek said "eighth grade is too late to being pulling together a college prep portfolio".
When is ready too ready? Afterelementary school? When kids just learned how to read? After they just learned how to walk?
Parents know the stressful life high school students live, so why not let them enjoy the last of theirchildhood? What are they going to do when you learn that their child is dumb, or worse, untalented?
Nobody wants to know that they cannot do something because they don't have talent....