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PSAT Score Needed for National Merit Scholarship

Posted by Dora Seigel | Oct 9, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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Each year more than 1.5 million juniors take the PSAT in the hopes of qualifying for the National Merit Scholarship Program. But what do they need to score to earn Semifinalist distinction? In this guide, we'll let you know what PSAT score you need to qualify for Semifinalist status in your state and potentially move on to win a National Merit scholarship.

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PSAT Test Dates 2018

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Sep 23, 2017 4:00:00 PM

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Will you or your child be taking the PSAT in 2018? Are you wondering what day the exam will be held? The PSAT is different from other standardized tests, such as the SAT and ACT, because you cannot choose which day you’d like to take the exam.

When will this test date be? What if you can’t make it? This guide will answer both those questions, as well as explain the importance of PSAT scores, when you can expect to receive your scores, and how you can prepare for the exam.

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PSAT Test Dates 2015

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Sep 21, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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The PSAT test dates of 2015 have come and gone, but they are not forgotten - especially for students aiming to become National Merit Finalists. This guide will go over the exact PSAT test dates in 2015, as well as discuss how test-takers can make the most of their PSAT score reports today.

If you’re looking for future PSAT test dates, then check out this guide instead. If you’re in the right spot, then read on to learn about how the PSAT testing schedule works for participating students.

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Does Your PSAT Score Qualify for National Merit?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Sep 20, 2017 4:30:00 PM

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Are you gearing up to rock the PSAT this fall and wondering what score you need to qualify for National Merit? This guide will give you 51 different answers to that question.

Don't worry, it's not a complicated response. It's just that the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) compares test takers on a state-by-state basis. To become a National Merit Semifinalist, you have to score in the top 1% of students in your state

This guide will fill you in on all qualifying cutoff scores from coast to coast (plus Alaska and Hawaii) for the PSAT. But first, let's review exactly who qualifies for National Merit.

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Predicted National Merit Scholarship Cutoffs for 2017 and 2018 (Updated)

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Sep 13, 2017 8:30:00 AM

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What score do you need on the PSAT to qualify for National Merit distinction? The answer to this question depends on where you live. To achieve National Merit recognition, you need to match or exceed the cutoff score in your home state.

We’ve compiled the National Merit Semifinalist state cutoffs based on the most recent data from the fall of 2017. Before checking out the qualifying scores, let’s discuss how the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) determines who is named Commended Student or Semifinalist.

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What's a Good PSAT Score for 2017? Expert Analysis

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Sep 7, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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If you plan on taking the PSAT in October 2017, then you won’t have to wait too long for the results. You’ll get your scores back mid-December, just before winter break.

Your PSAT score report gives you a few different score types, including your total scores, section scores, and Selection Index. With all this data, how can you sort through the numbers to figure out what's a good PSAT score?

This guide goes over the full scoring system of the PSAT so you'll know exactly what makes a good score. We'll start with a quick glossary explaining the various types of PSAT scores you’ll find on your score report in December.

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How to Prepare for the PSAT: 5-Step Guide to PSAT Prep

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 1, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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Many juniors and even sophomores take the PSAT every fall to prepare for the SAT. But the PSAT isn’t a college admission test, so do you actually need to prep for it? The reality is, PSAT prep can strongly benefit you, especially if you're hoping to nab a National Merit scholarship or get a high score on the SAT. 

In this article, we explain why PSAT prep is important and go over how to prepare for the PSAT using five simple steps. In addition, we discuss what kinds of resources are ultimately unnecessary for quality PSAT preparation as well as how PSAT prep differs from SAT prep.

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National Merit Finalist - How to Win the Scholarship

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Aug 20, 2017 8:00:00 PM

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Many students take the PSAT in the fall of their junior year. What a lot of students may not notice is the full name of the test is PSAT/NMSQT, or Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Thus, the PSAT is not just good practice for your SATs. It’s also the first step in becoming a National Merit Finalist and hopefully, earning a $2,500 scholarship from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

In this article, we’ll discuss what steps you need to take to become a National Merit Finalist and compete for a scholarship. We'll also give you advice on how to write a strong application and maximize your chances of becoming a National Merit Scholar.

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PSAT Practice Tests - Updated for New 2015 PSAT

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jul 20, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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If you're looking for PSAT practice materials, then you've come to the right place. This guide contains all the free PSAT materials available for you to download, including 10 PSAT practice test pdfs.

Since the PSAT got a makeover in 2015, there aren't a ton of new practice tests out there. Luckily, you can still use old PSAT practice tests very effectively to prepare. Before getting to the practice questions, let's go over some of the changes that were made to the PSAT. If you care about your PSAT score, read carefully so you don't waste your time studying the wrong things!

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How to Get Your PSAT Score Report

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jul 10, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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How do you get your PSAT score report? Can you view it online? The PSAT score report works a bit differently than your typical SAT or ACT report.

We will walk through how to get your report and what to do once you have it.

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PSAT Scoring: How Does It Work?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jun 19, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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If you're preparing to take the PSAT, it's important you understand everything there is to know about PSAT scoring. How is the PSAT scored? And how will this information help you get the score you want on test day? On the SAT?

In this article, we go over the PSAT scoring scale and show you how to calculate your PSAT scores using official scoring tables. We also cover Selection Index scores and offer our top four tips on how to utilize PSAT scoring to inform both PSAT and SAT prep!

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How to Register for the PSAT: 3 Simple Steps

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jun 12, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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Every autumn, sophomores and juniors have the opportunity to take the PSAT. But how exactly does the PSAT registration process work? Does everyone have the same PSAT sign up date? What does it cost to take the PSAT?

Here, we'll teach you everything you need to know about PSAT registration. We'll start off with a brief overview of how registration works and then go over the three key steps you'll need to take in order to register for the PSAT. We'll then explain how to register for the test if you’re homeschooled or living outside the U.S. before finishing off with our top tips for ensuring a smooth PSAT registration process.

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PSAT Score Range: Where Do You Rank?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jun 5, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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Although the PSAT and SAT share many similarities, their score ranges are surprisingly distinct. Unlike the SAT score range, which reaches a maximum of 1600, the PSAT score range only goes up to 1520. But why is this the case? What are the score ranges for each PSAT section? Can you use the PSAT scoring scale to predict your SAT score?

In this article, we’ll introduce the current PSAT scores range and PSAT score distribution. We'll then compare PSAT score ranges with SAT score ranges before concluding our analysis with a list of approximate PSAT score cutoffs for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

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What Is PSAT 8/9? Should You Take It?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | May 28, 2017 8:30:00 AM

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The College Board now offers the PSAT 8/9 to eighth graders and high school freshmen as the first hurdle in the group of tests they call the “SAT Suite of Assessments”. This test is a precursor to the PSAT 10, the PSAT/NMSQT and the SAT.

But when is it offered? And should you even bother taking it? In this article I’ll give you all the details!

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How to Calculate PSAT Score: 3-Step Score Calculator

Posted by Hannah Muniz | May 15, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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If you’re struggling to calculate your PSAT score, then it sounds like you’re in need of a handy PSAT score calculator! In this guide, we offer you step-by-step instructions on how to calculate PSAT scores. To begin, we'll look at how the PSAT is scored and what “equating” means. We'll then go over how to calculate various PSAT scores before finishing with an explanation on how a PSAT score calculator can help you get the PSAT score you want.

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