Tuesday, October 6, 2015

COMMUNITY JOURNAL ENGLISH 11 HONORS - OCTOBER 6, 2015

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 Your PSAT is next week. How are you feeling about it? Are you ready? Comment on another student's post.

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  1. I don't feel nervous or stressed at all, as the benefit of the PSAT this year is to see where you're at in certain subjects, to improve in whatever you're lacking in, and to keep studying the subjects you test adequately on. - Ryan Underwood

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  2. So far I have not had a lot of time to prepare for the PSAT. I plan on working on it this weekend, but I am not stressing about it. I know if I prepare well and thorough I should do fine. Also, we have been doing a little studying in school itself, and that has helped me with knowing what I need to take a closer look at and what I only need to spend little time on.

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    1. I'm also glad we've been doing some studying in school. That has helped me know what I need to focus on as well.

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  3. I am not prepared for the PSAT. Time to study has been almost zero, so I'm feeling very anxious. What makes it worse is that midterms for college classes are also next week. I haven't even had time to look through the PSAT test booklet. So, moral of rant, I guess I should make time to prepare.

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    1. I agree with you! Mid-terms and the PSAT are both really important! I don't have time to really study for both of them so I'm nervous, and really anxious.

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    2. We are setting time aside during class to take the English tests. I hope this effort will alleviate some your anxiety.

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  4. I have had no time at all to even pick up the packets and try to look at them, so I'm not quite sure if I should be worried or not.

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  5. I feel fine with the PSAT, but time has been working against me. So I haven't got a chance to look at it yet.

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  6. As of right now I am really nervous about it. I did ok on my math practice test but don't know how well I'm going to do.
    -Christopher Gillis

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  7. Our PSAT is next week and I'm of course feeling nervous! I need to prepare a lot more by studying and knowing how to choose the best possible answer. I feel that by the end of this week I will be prepared and ready to take the PSAT. I'm excited to see how well I do and what I need to practice more to try to get a perfect score on the SAT later on in the future.

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  8. I don't feel nervous about the PSAT. I haven't had time to look over questions that may be on the test. However I am confidant in my knowledge of some of the topics on the test. I agree that looking over and reviewing for the test will help my score. However, finding the time to do so is difficult.

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  10. I believe that if I take my time and actually study and analyze all of the questions given on the PSAT I will get a decent grade on it. The only subject I feel a little nervous about and I know for a fact i need to study for would be the math section of the test, given that last week we had a little review on it and i didn't get the best grade on it.

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    1. I definitely agree with this! I need to find to time to study!

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    2. I completely agree with you too. Once I find some study time I know I will be fine for the English and Grammar parts, but the math section is a bit iffy for me.

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  11. I am feeling a little stressed because i am also having to study for my mid-terms as well. I am having to decided what i need to focus on more, when i wish i had equal time for everything. Everything is happening all at the same time. The day of our PSAT, i also have review in one of my classes that i will not be able to attend, its one of my harder classes so i am feeling concerned about that.

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  12. I'm honestly stressing out. I haven't had any time to study or even look at the PSAT practice guide. I have been too occupied by the exams I have been taking in my other classes. It worries me because I know I have to do good on it, along with putting a large amount of studying time in for it. In my view of what's important in my schedule the PSAT is almost at the bottom. In my house family comes first, then studying for main classes, then the PSAT. I'm just feeling lost. I don't feel confident in the English section nor the writing part. English has always been difficult, and sometimes when people read my work I feel it's not good compared to others around me. I believe my writing is ridiculed. Math I will be some what decent with. Math has always been simpler to me.

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  13. Since I've taken the PSAT once before I know what and how to study to make me better. I've been studying for a while now and I feel really good about it. Thanks to all of the resources that are available to me I think that I am going to get a better score than last year and I'm ready for it!

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  14. I don't feel nervous about the PSAT. I haven't had time to look over questions that may be on the test. However I am confidant in my knowledge of some of the topics on the test. I agree that looking over and reviewing for the test will help my score. However, finding the time to do so is difficult.

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    1. Definitely is hard to find the time to study, but you can do it!

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  15. Jessica Hines
    I have too many feelings on the PSAT! I'm too stressed with other work to even consider opening the test booklet up, I'm confident that I can do great during reading, writing and math, yet I am also worried that I'm going to get a horrible score and fail and no college will ever want me and so then I have this urge to crawl up in my bed, with some cheese, and sob my frustration away.........Hopefully ill be prepared for this PSAT! I just need to focus, practice and study and ill be fine. PSAT bring it on, you're going down.....

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  16. I am feeling a bit unprepared for it actually. I haven't been able to look at the tests do to the studying of college exams. I will, however; study over the weekend and Monday since I have it off. I think once I take time to process it and review critically then it won't appear as horrid as I make it out to be. I got to say though, the math one makes me a bit uneasy because I never was good at it.

    Cole Smith~

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    1. I'm sure if you practice math problems you will feel more confident on that portion of the exam. Practice makes perfect!

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  17. I'm not really nervous for the PSAT test, although I feel like I need to still go and study/review the practice tests offered. I think by taking the PSAT it'll really help me for when I take the SAT. Starting this week I will be looking through the book and going to the College Board website to get some help and better prepare myself, come Wednesday when we take the test.

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  18. I feel confident that if I prepare properly, I can perform well on the PSAT. I will still need to study, but I feel that I am well-informed and prepared, especially when it comes to the math section. I will be studying with vigor in this next week so that I can be 100% ready and take the PSAT at the best of my ability. Hopefully I will not make too many mistakes, and I have to remember to take my time while still getting all of the questions done. I am a little bit annoyed that I will have to miss one of my college classes for the PSAT, but I will be okay.

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  19. I think that I am somewhat ready for the PSAT. The only part that I dislike about the PSAT is that we are penalized for incorrect answers. Every time I answer a question, even if I am 100% positive it's correct, I second guess myself. I am ready to see how I do on this test!

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    1. From the PSAT Testing Manual, "Remember that all questions are worth one point regardless of the type or difficulty. You are not penalized for guessing wrong, so it's to your advantage to answer each question as best you can."

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  20. It looks like it'll be pretty easy.

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    1. Do all of the sections look equally easy? Please explain.

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  21. I don't really feel totally ready for the PSAT. I don't know if its really possible to feel totally prepared for tests like this but I think you can only try to practice as much as possible. Probably the only part I'm really concerned about is the math section, because math on standardized tests is always really hard for me. But other than the math section, I'm probably prepared enough. I would like to practice as much as possible so i can do good

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    1. I agree that I never feel totally prepared for a test like this, and practicing will definitely help everyone to feel better prepared.

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  22. Being a National Merit is one of the highest levels of honor that one can receive, due to the scholarships and possibilities that ranking highly in this test can bring. Knowing this information, I find it pressurizing due to the fact that there is such a wide variety of Juniors and we're all going for the same thing. I have started to look at the booklet and practiced the math to gain more confidence in my abilities in the subjects. Striving for something so grand has pushed me to realize how much effort must go into these scholarships for the opportunity to take hold of your future and be the best you can be. With the PSAT crawling up, I plan to do everything in my power to study as hard as I can in order to do the best I can.

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    1. Approach testing moments such as the PSAT by taking a deep breath. Be assured that your past and present dedication to learning will benefit you fully on October 14. You are an outstanding student, so you don't need to worry. I have faith in you!

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  23. I'm feeling pretty confident in taking the PSAT next week, considering I have taken the test three times now. although I have not had time to study once I begin i'm confident i'll do well. in the English section I usually do really well, but the math section is not my best honestly. im feeling confiedent and axious. "Am I ready?" once I begin my studying there will be nothing to worry about, so yes I am ready.

    Kelly Paredes

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  24. I feel that I am ready to take the PSAT next week, I have had a substantial amount of practice and I know most of the material. I feel that I am more than ready to take this test, but I will be excited to receive my results after the test is graded.

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  25. I feel somewhat prepared for the SAT. There are certain portions that worry me, but I know that if I study these portions of the test then I have confidence that I will do okay. I definitely need to find time to set aside so I can study, and I plan on doing so.

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  26. I don't feel completely prepared for the upcoming PSAT. I generally do really well on the English and reading portion. The math section is what i'm worried and stressed about. I hope that all the studying and practice tests can prepare me for this test.

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    1. I agree. I always struggle more on the math portion than I do on the reading or writing portions.

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    2. I'm the same. I've always struggled with math,but excelled in English. I'm not finding time to study for the math portion of the test and the stress I have on myself to succeed. It's hard to focus on everything along with studying for the PSAT.

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    3. I feel the same way about the math section and as long as you review the ones you got wrong on the practice test you'll be fine!!

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  27. I am feeling good about this test next week, I mean we took it last year and I didn't do that bad on it. I'm pretty much ready for the PSAT.

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    1. You're going to do great! Keep that mindset, and study some and I'm sure you'll come out with good scores! :)

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  28. I always get stressed before taking tests, but I feel more confident about taking the PSATs now as a junior than I did before, as a sophomore. I have studied over the past year and aim to achieve a high score. I'm excited to take the PSAT to see what score I will receive.

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  29. I feel like I can prepare myself a bit more than I already have. My goal is to do better than I did on it last year, and I know by studying this time, I will. I'm not really feeling nervous because I know I am capable of doing well and freaking out about it will not help me accomplish my goal.

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    1. April, I wish you good luck on the PSAT! I am in the same position as you as I wish to do well and I am trying my best to prepare.

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  30. I haven't had all that much time to prepare for the PSAT thus far. I am super duper nervous due to the fact that I'm already not a good test taker and knowing that the stakes are so high for this test just makes it worse. I can't wait for it to be over.

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    1. I feel you. I am not always a good test taker, and sometimes I get really really nervous before a big test. What usually helps me is to take all the practice tests I can, and make a list of the things that I need to work on. Then I can make my own study guide off of that. Usually making my own test helps me learn the things I'm struggling with a bit better.

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    2. You will do good as long as you don't overthink to much like you have in the past and knowing you you will make time for review.

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  31. I am honestly stressed about the PSAT. I am a perfectionist and strive to do the best I can on all of my tests. However, going over the practice tests in class has helped me to prepare for the test next week. I feel like I am nearly ready at the moment and will be ready by the time I must take the test.

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  32. I feel like the English and Grammar sections will be fine, but I need to find some time to study for the math section. I'm not really nervous about taking the test because it will be pretty much the same as it was when we took the test last year.

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    1. I agree that the PSAT that we took last year was an excellent practice for this year! I'm sure you will do great!

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    2. My situation as well, but I bet you'll do fine! Good luck!

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  33. PSATs for me have been put off to the side due to the overwhelming mid terms for my college classes and the time it takes up studying for them leaves me no time to study for the PSAT outside of class

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    1. Definitely find time to study for the PSAT because your score can really help you out in the long run whereas you can always retake a college class.

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  34. Going over questions that are on the PSAT in class is has been helpful. I haven't had time to actually study for it, so I plan on starting today.

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  35. This will be my second time taking the PSAT and I feel generally confident about it. Last year I did fairly well, but that was with no studying whatsoever. For the first time at a high school I've had teachers actually work with the students to better prepare them for the PSAT. In my past high school I don't recall them doing that for the students, they just expected us to study. However, life happens, you get caught up in other more pressing work or just need time to decompress. When the teachers actually promote doing well on the PSAT, it feels as though a high score is closer; easier to achieve. I've received motivation to do well in the practice test, I actually suspect my self to give time to studying for it this go-around. I think after some study time, in which I get comfortable with the genre of questions, I will achieve a note worthy score.

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    1. "For the first time at a high school I've had teachers actually work with the students to better prepare them for the PSAT." YEP! Our school is special that way, and we are very happy that your have chosen us!

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  36. I'm a lot more stressed this year than I was last year because this year we can actually get scholarship money so there is a lot more pressure to do well. I just got the prep packet today so I have not had the chance to study for it but over the summer I did buy and SAT prep book and I have gotten pretty far into it so I do have some preparation under my belt. I've already taken the PSAT once so I already know what to expect and I have reviewed my scores from last year so I know what I need to work on and what I don't.

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    1. I completely agree with you on the fact that that this year there is pressure to get good scores on the PSAT test which makes us more stressed. I also took the PSAT last year as well! Which will help us out.

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  37. I feel that the PSAT is an amazing opportunity for us as students to be readily equipped for an exam that is so important. Scoring high on this exam could bring an opportunity for a significant and noteworthy scholarship. I feel that our teachers have well prepared us for this test. I am confident that with a little more individual practice and studying, I will score fairly well. I look forward to receiving my results and seeing how I can improve even more!

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    1. I really enjoy your enthusiasm going into this exam! Going into the exam with this kind of attitude will definitely help.

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  38. With the PSAT coming up, I'm feeling a little nervous to take the test. I'm mostly prepared to take the test because i did take it last year, but more practice would still be very helpful.

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    1. I got you. You will do good. *Thumbs up emoji*

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  39. Last year I did well on the English portion and not so well on the math portion. With the help of Ms. Lyman and my favorite tutor, Mark, from the math resources center, I feel fairly comfortable on taking the math portion now as well as the English portion. I find taking the PSAT's to be very helpful in hindsight due to the practice we will receive and the feedback of our scores, in order to help us do better on the SAT's.

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    1. Yeah, taking the PSATs should be very beneficial to our future success on other important tests.

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  40. To say that I'm not at all nervous would be an utter lie, however, I am not completely stressed out about taking the PSAT. I haven't had the extra time to prepare for the exam just yet however I am getting the minimal review from my teachers. I know that my teachers understand the materials they are teaching and I know I can rely on them to help me with anything I don't understand when I am reviewing for the exam. I know that I have a lot to review and practice, especially with the very little time to complete each section, but I know my capability and I know I will be able to find the time if I want to earn the grade I am striving for.

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    1. I completely agree with you, I feel the same way, except I'm not as worried. We got this!

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  41. Mainly, I'm just excited for the PSAT as weird as that may sound. Although taking the SAT is not something most of us want to do, we pretty much all have to - And I think most of us are mainly stressed about it for scholarships, as opposed to getting into certain colleges (most colleges I've looked into don't seem to have any ridiculously high SAT expectations). Putting in work now, through studying on our own, taking the PSAT and actively participating in class will help tremendously when the time to take the actual SAT comes. I'd much rather put in work now and gradually over the next few months, as opposed to cramming right before the SAT. The SATs will help us all get into college and save a ton of money through scholarships, and I'm glad we're getting so much encouragement/help from our school as far as preparation and studying goes. I feel like I share a similar stance as most people - Not very nervous about Grammar and English, but will definitely need to put some time into Math.

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    1. Your approach to learning seems to be healthy and effective. I don't think it's possible to cram for a high stakes test such as the SAT or ACT. Becoming comfortable with the testing procedures and question construction is a good idea, but as you state, being a consistent and solid learner along the way is a key to success.

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  42. I think i am going to do well on my PSAT, but i am still anxious due to the fact that i will make stupid human mistakes due to my test anxiety but i will study for it the best i can because there is always room for improvement. -Paige johnosn

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    1. I feel the same way you do, I feel like I am going to make a bunch of small, stupid mistakes while taking the test.

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    2. I agree. Anxiety can ruin your grade on a test no matter how prepared you are on the material. As for the little human mistakes, it is hard to avoid those; however, checking over your work before moving can help you catch mistakes. Just make sure that you don't take too long when checking, because the test is timed and you need to be efficient.

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  43. Ignorance is bliss. When knowledge comes knocking on your door shut the door and run away screaming. In other words, no I'm not ready for the PSAT and next Tuesday is marching ever closer with no relent.

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    1. Yes, I wish that time for once did decided it was tire and needed a rest.

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    2. Truly how i feel and i agree, but we can't put life on hold i will try to help you as much as i can we are friends that is what we are supposed to do. I know you are gonna do just great so remember to stop and breathe at some point and tell yourself, you got it !!!!!!!!!

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  44. I'm not nervous to take the PSAT, just stressed due to the fact that my schedule is full and I don't have a lot of extra time. Thankfully in class Ms. Bugni is giving us time to take the practice tests, so I can just look over the questions I got wrong outside of class and correct them. I feel ready as long as I do all the practice tests and look over the ones I got wrong.

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  45. I don't feel nervous about the PSAT, but I don't think I'm completely prepared for it yet. I haven't had much time to look over the packet. I'll make some time to look over it before the test, and try to see what I don't understand. I think the PSAT will be a good way to prepare for SAT.

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  48. I'm not too nervous in terms of how I'm going to do on it. I don't imagine I'll get the best score I could, which helps me not stress too much. I know I'll try my best in the condition I'm in, though, so I'll accept whatever score I end up with. Mostly I'm not looking forward to getting spam mail from universities in like... Montana like my sister has been since she took it.

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    1. I like your positive outlook on this test. It is an amazing opportunity we have, even though we might get that spam mail from an unknown college from Vermont. :)

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  49. I am feeling good about the exam, however that will probably change as soon as I see it. I feel like I am going to make some stupid mistakes, but I feel like I am ready for the test.

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  50. I'm feeling a bit nervous. I need to find the time to go over the booklet, which will hopefully help with my nerves. With all the extra help in math, I should do very well on that portion of the test, but its the reading and grammar that I'm worried about.

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  51. I am feeling ready to take the PSAT. I'm going to prepare like it were the real thing and give it all I got. I'll then see my results and work on things I did bad on to get better. The PSAT for me is nothing more than an insight to my SAT score, but with nothing bad coming from this test I am not nervous. Worst case scenario I do bad and see what I can improve on. But with that being said I'm going to study and do my best to truly test what I do and do not know. The PSAT shall be fun.

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    1. You go Tanner. Slay that PSAT.

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    2. You go Tanner. Slay that PSAT.

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    3. Go positive thinking! I think I'll take a page from your book.

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    4. Remember the essay we read at the beginning of the year? You have a "growth mindset." You are going places!

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  52. I hope the PSAT is similar to the one we took as Sophomores. If that is the case, then think I will be ready for it. I still need to review on some things, but I think ill be ready for it by next week.

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    1. I hope we all can be that confident when the day comes. >>

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  53. In all honesty, I am not overly worried about my PSAT. Last year without studying I scored within the score cutoff of qualifying for the National Merit scholarship, although I was unable to accept since I was only a sophomore. I know that if i study diligently and am prepared I will do very well.

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  54. Personally, I think I am going to do well, because I already took the PSAT last year and I did well. I'm sure I will do better than last year because we are doing a lot of review. The only thing I am a little nervous about is the reading section because reading the long passages tends to be mentally exhausting.

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    1. I like the confidence. i took it last year as well and did the same, but there is always room for improvement.

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  55. PSAT is on my to do list, but it's almost at the bottom of that food chain.I have college homework and test next week as well so this is just putting more stress on me. However, I'll probably do what I usually do:
    1.) Panic and Cry
    2.) Breath and Prioritize
    3.) Sit down and do the PSAT

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    1. i gots you you have my shoulder to cry on

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    2. I totally understand how you feel! Don't worry, I am sure we will all do fine if we do not panic and stress about the test and do the best we can. Good luck!

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  56. I am not nervous to take the PSAT because it cannot bring me down in anyway, but by taking the exam you can only benefit from it. Thus, there is nothing to be worried about considering it is only beneficial.

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  57. I feel as if I am ready but i keep on contradicting myself and telling myself that it is not going to be ok. I take time to breathe though sometimes i feel as I take to many breathes and need to study more often. Anyways back to the PSAT i am just waiting to see how i do because when i do great all those extra breathes may finally pay off.

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  58. I feel more nervous about the math part on the psat compared to the english. I imagine it being complex fractions and real numbers against improper fraction and mixed fractions. I know I'll be going to tutoring the week before and week of so it won't be too bad. I'm really looking forward to seeing my score and what I need to really work on so I can better improve my results

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  59. I am not too stressed out about the PSAT because it is just a practice exam. I will still take it seriously and study hard, but I will try my best not to let my anxiety get the best of me. I often find myself sitting on a problem and thinking about whether or not I will finish in time instead of actually working on the problem. I will try to fix that issue of mine on the PSAT so that I can do better on the SAT.

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  60. Last year I did fairly well without studying, but that just gives me more motivation to study because I don't want to get my score back and say "If I had worked harder I could have gotten a super huge scholarship". Its kind of like how having an 89 percent in a class is much more stressful than having an 85 percent because you are so close to an A. So basically, I'm stressed about it, but I'm fairly prepared.

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  61. Last year I did fairly well without studying, but that just gives me more motivation to study because I don't want to get my score back and say "If I had worked harder I could have gotten a super huge scholarship". Its kind of like how having an 89 percent in a class is much more stressful than having an 85 percent because you are so close to an A. So basically, I'm stressed about it, but I'm fairly prepared.

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  62. Last year I did fairly well without studying, but that just gives me more motivation to study because I don't want to get my score back and say "If I had worked harder I could have gotten a super huge scholarship". Its kind of like how having an 89 percent in a class is much more stressful than having an 85 percent because you are so close to an A. So basically, I'm stressed about it, but I'm fairly prepared.

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  63. I feel a little bit scared about the PSAT but that's how I feel about must important tests. Even though I am scared I am prepared to take it and have been studying here and there.

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  64. The PSAT is an important test, as scholarships are on the line. I believe that I have learned enough test taking strategies to not stress out about it too much, but I really hope to do well. All we can do is our best when the day comes, but I am definitely going to take a few more practice tests to prepare!

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  65. I feel pretty confident for the PSAT, however I know that more practice and preparation would help me even more. I feel more nervous about the math section than the English section because math is my weaker subject. The PSAT is an importance test to prepare for the SAT and to earn scholarships, but it also stresses me out because I know that the future is arriving quickly.

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