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Summer is ripe with opportunity to get things done on the college bound journey. Fewer commitments, laid back days, little to no homework, all create space to get serious about the college bound checklist on items often difficult to fit in during the school year. These summer (and other) tips are based on our countless interactions visiting colleges and communicating with admission and enrollment professionals at colleges all over the U.S. We have tips for junior high through high school! What will you do this summer?
Whether you received your PSAT scores in December or plan to take the PSAT in the future, it’s crucial to understand the value of these scores. Engaging with the data and information, will provide valuable information for choosing ACT or SAT, deciding what classes to register for at your high school and for some a possible full ride to college! Listen and Learn…..
READ ON TO FIND OUT HOW TO LOCATE YOUR SCORES! The PSAT (a pre-SAT) taken by virtually every U.S. 11th grader (and many younger students) and it’s also the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Competition (NMSC). Students tested in October and their scores become available in December 2016. Counselors will receive the data on December 5th and a week later on December 12th scores will be available online for families in each student’s CollegeBoard account. Most schools opt to also receive paper reports to distribute to students. These will arrive at the schools in January 2017. So how … Continue reading
Stephanie Meyer Twilight author, M. Night Shyamalan movie director, Jeffrey Bezos CEO of Amazon.com, John Roberts Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, Bill Gates former Microsoft Chairman, Ben Bernanke Chairman of the US Federal Reserve have one thing in common. They were each National Merit Scholarship 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 as the National Merit … Continue reading
You took the PSAT in October 2014 as a sophomore as practice for the “real thing” in October 2015 in the junior year when it counts for National Merit only to find out the 2015 is completely overhauled and redesigned. Insert sigh. So what’s new and can be expected on either October 14 or 28, 2015? It’s longer! The new PSAT is 35 minutes longer than the old version. It still lacks an essay section, but has been expanded to 2 hours and 45 minutes; it’s almost as long as the multiple choice new SAT which debuts in March 2016, so it’s good practice for … Continue reading
Former LEAP test prep student and high school valedictorian, Taylor England, is our guest blogger on her journey to get an appointment to West Point. The best advice I can give about getting into a service academy is to start early and continually seek opportunities to build relationships. As soon as you become interested in a military academy the first step is to reach out to the local representative from the school (each district has one for each service academy). This representative will be the key that unlocks many doors in your future. The earlier you do this, the better the … Continue reading
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
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
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