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Student participation in PSAT doubles at HB district

The number of students participating in the PSAT test has more than doubled at Huntington Beach High School Union District– a dramatic increase school officials say shows a growing interest in high school students who want to attend college.

This year, more than 3,100 students participated in the academic test, up from 1,265 students who signed up for it the previous year, according to a statement from Don Austin, the district's assistant superintendent of education services.

"(It's) a strong step in the direction building upon a college-going culture for all students throughout the Huntington Beach High School District," Austin wrote in the statement.

Increasing the number of students taking this exam was part of the Huntington Beach Union High School District's plan to put more of an emphasis on college and career readiness, Austin wrote.

The PSAT is a prep test for the SAT that measures reading, math, problem solving and writing skills. Students use the results of the test to gauge how they can better prepare for the SAT exam.

In addition, the PSAT gives students the opportunity to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship competition and better prepare for advanced placement tests.

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