PSAT 2019 to be Held on a Saturday
The PSAT will be changing its date in the 2019-2020 school year for Tustin Unified School District
October 8, 2019
TUSTIN – The 2019 Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, instead of the alternative Wednesday for all schools in the Tustin Unified School District (TUSD).
The district decided that the test will be given on a Saturday this year due to a variety of factors, including student attendance issues. In past years, students were prone to skipping school when the PSAT was on a school day. This was largely due to the fact that College Day, which is where seniors partake in various college-related seminars ranging in topics from financial aid to athletic scholarships, was not considered a “real” school day.
“College Day was great for a couple [of] years, but then it kind of ran its course,” said Assistant Principal Penn Bushong. “We had students not engaging in what we were doing, and pretty soon, kids were obviously not interested in it.”
Senior Elizabeth Kim was a National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalist last year when the PSAT took place on a Wednesday.
“As a junior, I liked that my PSAT was on an organized school day so I didn’t have to worry too much about waking up early on a weekend,” Kim said. “As a senior, I don’t really mind the change too much.”
However, Junior Ahmed Rashid plans to take the upcoming test, and he voices concerns on the changed date.
“I’d rather have [the PSAT] on a school day because I push a lot of my extracurriculars to the weekend,” Rashid said. “So having it on a Saturday is less preferable.”
With 461 students signed up to take the test in two weeks, the majority are juniors with a select few underclassmen. The PSAT is free for juniors, but freshmen and sophomores can take the test with a $20 fee. Only juniors can be considered for the National Merit Scholarship competition.