Tag Archives: National Merit

5 Questions to PSAT Prep Success

Coming from LEAP, where we pride ourselves on increased ACT and SAT scores of students in our program, it may sound counterintuitive that we advise most rising  juniors not to prep for the PSAT.  (This is not the advice we give for ACT and SAT prep!)  See, most families who are questioning whether or not to prep for the PSAT are doing so with the National Merit Scholarship program in mind.  The bar is high to qualify as a finalist, as we talked about in an earlier post on PSAT and National Merit basics.  Essentially, finalists are the top 15,000 scorers from … Continue reading

How to use PSAT Results

Students took the test in October and finally, as we approach winter break, they’ll receive their PSAT scores. So now what? Juniors If you are a junior, learn from your score report. Analyze your results.  What is your area of strength and weakness? Hone in on these as you enter ACT and/or SAT testing.  Concentrate not only on improving areas of weakness, but highlighting your strengths. Compare to PLAN results.  The PLAN is the little sister to the ACT; hopefully your school administered this valuable tool.  Comparing PLAN and PSAT results by examining national percentile scores can give you an early … Continue reading

PSAT & National Merit Basics

Stephanie Meyer Twilight author, M. Night Shyamalan movie director, Jeffrey Bezos CEO of Amazon.com, JohnRoberts Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, Bill Gates former Microsoft Chairman, Ben Bernanke Chairman of the US Federal Reserve have one thing incommon.  They were each National MeritScholarship winners chosen from a pool of 15,000 National Merit Finalists.  How did they get there? Each October more than 1.5 million high school juniors enter the National Merit Scholarship race by taking the PSAT test through Collegeboard at their local high school.  The PSAT doubles only in the junior year asthe National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test … Continue reading

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