Stress is an enormous factor which affects the mindset of students when approaching big tests such as the PSAT. As one student said “The PSAT is a type of test that I am not accustomed to. Though I have taken state tests, this test feels, in my opinion, bigger and more stressful than the others.” When asked about their stress levels during the test and how it will affect them, one student responded, “most definitely, it did. I have never felt that many emotions in one sitting. It was more of an emotional experience than an academic one.” This then brought on the question of, due to the stress and exhaustion exerted on students, should the tests be mandatory? All the responses, though negative, did provide some insight. “As students, we should be evaluated on our entire high school record than on one overly stressful test that gives us one number that colleges identify our worth by,” stated a sophomore.