You Took the PSAT – Now What?

You did it. You woke up early on a Saturday and devoted part of your weekend to taking the PSAT. You put in hours of PSAT practice, experienced what a college admissions test feels like, learned to manage the clock, and bolstered your confidence. Congratulations! Maybe you’re wondering: what do I do now (besides take a nap)? Your scores will be available in January. Y…

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Posted October 13th, 2017

Webinar – Planning for the PSAT and Scholarship Programs

Many parents and students lack knowledge about how important the PSAT is. One of its benefits is as a diagnostic tool, showing students their strengths and weaknesses as they prepare for the SAT. The score from the PSAT is also used to determine the eligibility and qualification for the National Merit Scholarship. With the PSAT test date just around the corner, ther…

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Posted September 20th, 2017

What is the National Merit Scholarship?

The National Merit Scholarship program began in 1955. Since then, it has become known as one of the most prestigious academic awards a student can earn – and with good reason: Just a small percentage of test takers will become finalists in the competition. The scholarship itself is worth $2,500, a relatively small sum considering the annual tuition at many selective c…

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Posted September 14th, 2017

Your Ultimate Guide to the PSAT

Next month, schools will offer the 2017 PSAT/NMSQT to 10th and 11th grade students nationwide. What do you need to know about the 2017 PSAT? Who takes the PSAT? The PSAT/NMSQT is open to both 10th and 11th grade students. While many 10th graders take the test, most test takers will be juniors because 11th grade students who take it compete for the coveted National Merit …

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Posted September 7th, 2017

The Value of Test Prep

Over the past several decades, tutoring and test prep programs have become commonplace. In some areas, the question for families is not whether their children will enroll in a test prep program but where they will enroll. It’s hardly surprising, then, that many families find themselves wondering whether test prep programs really work. When done right, test prep prog…

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Posted May 26th, 2017

2016 PSAT Guide: Everything You Need to Know about the PSAT

Next month, schools will offer the 2016 PSAT/NMSQT to 10th and 11th grade students nationwide. What do you need to know about the 2016 PSAT? Who takes it? The PSAT/NMSQT is open to both 10th and 11th grade students. While many 10th graders take the test, most test takers will be juniors because 11th grade students who take the PSAT/NMSQT compete for the coveted National …

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Posted September 23rd, 2016

Why the PSAT Matters to You

It's just the PSAT, right? As in "pre-SAT"? As in "just practice"? Wrong. The PSAT has always been more than "just a practice" test because it also acts as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT), meaning that eligible students who take the PSAT are automatically entered to compete for the prestigious National Merit Scholarship. This alone has long made the…

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Posted October 20th, 2015

6 Ways to Boost College Applications Over Summer

Summer break is just around the corner -- do you have plans yet? Some students look forward to months of fun in the sun, and there's certainly nothing wrong with a little relaxation. But for students who want to improve their chances of getting into a dream college, summer is also a chance to bolster resumes and college applications. Although a lot of selective summe…

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Posted June 13th, 2015