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What Is the PSAT/NMSQT? Why Should You Care?

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | May 22, 2018 8:00:00 AM

PSAT Info and Strategies

Have you heard about the PSAT or the National Merit program and are wondering what they are? Are you looking for ways to prepare for the SAT?

Read this guide to learn what the PSAT/NMSQT is, what it tests, and how it can get you ready for the SAT and earn you money for college.

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Should I Take the PSAT as a Sophomore?

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Posted by Rebecca Safier | May 10, 2018 12:30:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

Is it a good idea to take the PSAT as a sophomore? Here's a spoiler: Absolutely. Affirmative. A resounding yes.

When you take the PSAT as an 11th grader, there are some pretty high stakes attached in the form of National Merit distinctions and scholarships. Therefore, it's definitely a good idea to do a trial run before you sit for the one that counts for so much.

Let's talk about all the reasons it's a smart and strategic idea to sit for the PSAT as a sophomore.

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What's a Perfect PSAT Score and How to Get It

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Posted by Rebecca Safier | Mar 1, 2018 8:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

The mission: a perfect score on the PSAT. The method: serious test prep. Achieving a perfect score is no easy feat, but with the right study plan and materials, you can master this important exam.

This guide will go over what makes for a perfect score on the PSAT and how you can prep to conquer the test. Read on to learn how to succeed in your mission to get a perfect PSAT score, should you choose to accept it.

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What's a Good PSAT Score for 2016? Expert Analysis

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Posted by Rebecca Safier | Feb 12, 2018 9:00:00 AM

PSAT Info and Strategies

If you took the PSAT in October of 2016, then you got your scores back in 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 is a good PSAT score?

This guide will go over the full scoring system of the PSAT so you know exactly what makes a good score. Let’s start with a quick glossary explaining the various types of PSAT scores  on your score report.

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PSAT vs SAT: 6 Key Differences You Must Know

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Posted by Vero Lecocq | Jan 3, 2018 9:00:00 AM

PSAT Info and Strategies, SAT General Info

There's the PSAT, there's the SAT. There are even a few other assessments, as it turns out. There's a lot of jargon out there when it comes to the tests offered by the College Board, so it's important to know exactly what you're signing up for—and how each test is different.

The SAT suite of assessments is designed to work together. All tests are fundamentally similar, and you can use any one to prepare for any other. That being said, the PSAT vs SAT isn't a perfectly equal match-up. In reality, there are some differences—both major and minor—between them. We take a look at these below.

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PSAT to SAT Scores: Does One Predict the Other? What's a Good PSAT Score?

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Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Nov 28, 2017 8:00:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target, PSAT Info and Strategies

The PSAT is the first exposure many students have to college entrance exams. Because the two tests are so similar, the PSAT is very good at predicting how you'll do on the SAT. In this article, we explain the most accurate way to use your PSAT score to predict your future SAT score.

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What's a Good PSAT Score for 2015?

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Posted by Rebecca Safier | Oct 5, 2017 1:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

 

With all the scoring changes on the redesigned College Board exams, what counts as a "good score" on the PSAT these days? There are a few factors you can use to define what's good: score percentiles, National Merit criteria, and your own personal goals for the PSAT and the SAT. First, it's critical to understand how the PSAT is scored. 

This guide will review the scoring scale of the PSAT, along with National Merit Scholarship Corporation's Selection Index, so you know what counts as a good PSAT score. To start off, let’s go over a few key PSAT terms that will help you understand the rest of this guide.

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PSAT Test Dates 2018

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

PSAT Info and Strategies

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

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

PSAT Info and Strategies

 

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

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

PSAT Info and Strategies

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

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

PSAT Info and Strategies

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

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

PSAT Info and Strategies

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 Scoring: How Does It Work?

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

PSAT Info and Strategies

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 Calculate PSAT Score: 3-Step Score Calculator

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

PSAT Info and Strategies

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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4 Expert PSAT Calculator Tips + Approved Calculators

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Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Apr 24, 2017 12:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

PSAT math can be intimidating, so it would be nice to be able to have some computerized help. But can you use a calculator on the PSAT? Yes, you can, though only on the second of the two Math sections on the PSAT. But what kind of calculator can you use, and when does it make sense to use a calculator on the PSAT?

Read on for the complete list of approved calculators for PSAT test day and our top tips for using your calculator effectively.

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