The PSAT: If it is broke, fix it!


Denver Post cartoon satirizing the effect of standardized tests on public education.

Seth Anderson, Staff Writer

In October, underclassmen across the nation took what is now legendary among those on social media. Henrita’s poems making her mother fiercely proud of her, wolves won’t look at me because science, and if the answer cannot be proven, well good luck. Essentially, the PSAT is meme whose warnings of not talking about the test were disregarded by everyone.

However, not all is lost. If the test was beyond all hope, it could not be fixed, but since the test writers cannot figure out how basic students would take a test, it is time to pull out a repair kit and outright revamp this test.

The main problem the entire test suffers from is a lack of focus, and a hyper focus at the same time. It is clear that these test takers don’t want to write about what religion they are; they just want to take the test. And while it makes sense to do this for the SAT, doing it for a practice test that won’t add up to anything but practice makes no sense. Spending 20 minutes of information that no one in their right mind would put in even the shadiest of internet survey’s we shouldn’t be putting on a test. This leads into the previously mentioned hyper focus issue. Almost every single question is repeated twice or more, with only word changes were needed. It got so bad that the memes related to the test almost all focus on these monotonous and repetitive questions.

Another, albeit minor nitpick is why the test doesn’t line up with our current curriculum. If the PSAT is using material from the SAT, then this makes sense for the confusing content, however, if the PSAT material is in fact original, then why is it so tiresome to take?

All in all, while the PSAT is a good idea on paper, a terrible execution and a plethora of jokes and disrespect towards the test show what a broken and unorganized mess the overall experience is.