The preliminary SAT will be held on Wednesday during Spirit Week.
According to Associate Student Body Spirit Commissioner and junior Evie Kramer, the PSAT might make Spirit Week more difficult to enjoy than in years past due to the special schedule on the PSAT day, yet to be decided by administrators.
“Spirit Week is supposed to be a time where the campus can come together,” Kramer said. “Putting big stress-inducing testing right in the middle of a time when we’re supposed to be bonding is unfortunate.”
Junior Calvin Wong said he feels the PSAT could impede his ability to have fun during Spirit Week and will decrease participation in Spirit Week activities.
Spirit Week is supposed to be a time where the campus can come together. Putting big stress-inducing testing right in the middle of a time when we’re supposed to be bonding is unfortunate.
— Evie Kramer, junior and ASB Sprit Commissioner
“Spirit Week is the best week or one of the best weeks in Paly [Palo Alto High School], so with the PSAT, people are probably not going to try as hard during Spirit Week,” Wong said.
The overlap of these two events can also infringe on students’ abilities to perform on the PSAT, according to Wong.
“I know that the PSAT can help you get things like scholarships for college and trying to focus so hard during a week that you just want to have fun is definitely not the best,” Wong said.
Overall, the PSAT will not drastically change any of ASB’s plans, although Kramer said some minor changes may need to be made.
“We [ASB] will probably have to rearrange rally times,” Kramer said. “But we’re hoping to maintain as many of the activities we can during the day.”