At this point, junior year is in full swing, and you now understand what all your upperclassmen friends have been warning you about. You’ve likely got a test or paper under your belt in each of your classes and are in the process of finding the balance of managing a heavier workload and more responsibility in your extracurriculars. And now you realize that the PSAT is next week. Oh, great. Here comes the College Board to put its big, fat, number two pencil-stained thumb on the scale and throw everything out of whack again. Well, it doesn’t have to be that way if you keep the PSAT in perspective. Here are a few things to think about as you prepare to run the first of the gauntlet of standardized tests coming at you this year.
the College Board shouldn’t be surprised if students are using online exams to prepare. Should it work hard to not have tests leak online in the first place and stop the legitimately bad actors who are out there releasing unauthorized tests or looking to cheat? Of course. Should it take exam security seriously? Absolutely. But that seriousness must include not reusing exams that can be found online with nothing more than a google search.