Tag Archives: National Merit

Summer To-Do for Rising Juniors

Sophomore year is coming to a close. Students are thinking they are “half-way through” high school. While that may be true, when you  factor in that by August 1 of the following summer going into your senior year you’ll be ready to apply to college, students suddenly realize it’s time to LEAP forward with college selection. Whatever the grades are at the end of the junior year (and for most test scores – if you plan right!), that is what you’ll apply to college with and that list of colleges needs to be finalized before the senior year begins. To … Continue reading

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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