Millions of students take the PSAT test every year in preparation for the SAT with the hopes of scoring highly enough to get into the college or university of their choice.
For Jalen Nix of Copperas Cove High School, his score, for the second consecutive year, has him among the most elite in his cultural group.
Nix, a high school senior, scored in the top 2.5 percent on the PSAT among all the Hispanic and Latino test takers in the region of the country.
The 16-year-old has plans to attend college and ultimately work in the medical field.
“”Currently, I am debating whether to attend (Texas) A&M or University of Texas-Austin for college,” Nix said. “I want to work in the medical field either as a physician’s assistant or a general practitioner. I enjoy helping people. The pay doesn’t hurt either.”
Nix have had the option to follow the health sciences career path at Copperas Cove High School to receive medical certifications in several careers including pharmaceutical technician, certified nursing assistant, medical assistant, phlebotomist, and other related jobs.
Nix is also very aware of his own strengths and weaknesses in the area of academics.
“I excel in English. Writing and reading comprehension are my strong areas,” Nix said. “However, I find math difficult to understand, especially on the tests.”
Nix scored in the top 2.5 percent on the PSAT among all the Hispanic and Latino test takers in this region of the United States.
He had been invited to apply to participate in the National Hispanic Recognition Program by the college board, said Robin Casanova, associate director of admissions and enrollment.
“Participation in the NHRP … will enable students to highlight their outstanding educational achievements to top colleges and universities,” Casanova said.
Nix appreciates the opportunity to be recognized for his hard work and for the privilege of adding an honor to his college applications.
“It feels good knowing that I scored well on the test because I worked hard studying to get my score,” he said.