Record number of IN sophomores to take PSAT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A record number of Indiana high school sophomores have signed up to take the PSAT.

The state Department of Education says about 89 percent of Indiana sophomores registered to take the PSAT on Oct. 13. That's an increase from last year, when 82 percent of 10th-graders took the test.

In 2008, just 49 percent of sophomores took the test.

State schools Superintendent Tony Bennett says he's thrilled that Indiana saw another increase in the percentage of sophomores taking the test. He says more and more 10th graders are realizing that the test will help them do better on the SAT and ACT.

The PSAT is free to all 10-graders who attend accredited public and private high schools in Indiana.

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