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SAT prep books line the shelves of Barnes and Noble store. Beverly Hills Unified's school board approved a new plan to require juniors take the PSAT in October as part of an effort to increase college readiness.
Beverly Hills Unified's school board unanimously approved a new policy Tuesday night to require all juniors take the PSAT starting in October.
"This really fits in with the high school's plan of preparing every student for college readiness to apply to a university," said Jennifer Tedford, the district's chief academic officer. "We know that the PSAT is a gateway assessment, that students who take this assessment are on their way to apply to a university."
Roughly half of all high school sophomores and two-thirds of the juniors take the Preliminary SAT each year on a Saturday morning, Tedford said. Under the new plan, the district will offer the test on a Wednesday morning possibly as part of a college preparedness day, Tedford said.
The exam is not only practice for the SAT, but juniors who take the exam can also qualify as National Merit Scholars. Finalists win a $2,500 prize and additional distinction during the college application process.