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What Is It
The PSAT is a college readiness exam taken in 10th grade and the preliminary version of the SAT, Scholastic Aptitude Test. While the PSAT is not used directly in college admissions like the SAT, it is a vital component of the admissions process and the only way to become a National Merit Scholar or obtain the National Merit Scholarship. The content is the same as the SAT: Reading Comprehension, English language and Grammar, Math with a calculator, and Math without a Calculator. Like the current SAT, there is no guessing penalty.
How Prep Helps
It is highly recommended that students wishing to attend college take PSAT prep classes and tutoring. These classes not only review concepts that will be tested on the exam but also impart test taking strategies to help students excel even when they don’t know the answer. These strategies and skills are extremely useful outside of the test and have tremendous carryover value into all other school subjects, SAT/ACT/MCAT/LSAT, and aptitude tests used to filter candidates for job opportunities.
The most important thing prep classes and tutoring will help with is competing to become a National Merit Scholar (NMS). Students will only have one attempt to take the PSAT and have it count towards becoming an NMS. There are practice attempts students can take annually: PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10. None of these attempts will count. Schools often overlook PSAT prep because it is not used for anything other than qualifying to become an NMS. While the reasoning is logical, every student should place as much emphasis on the PSAT as they would the SAT/ACT. While doing poorly on the PSAT won’t hurt a student, doing well will propel a student in their collegiate aspirations. NMSs can receive a $2500 single payment scholarship, corporate-sponsored merit scholarships in the form of renewable for single payment awards, or college-sponsored merit scholarships. Many universities have separate merit scholarships, including full ride, that being an NMS will automatically qualify you for. Furthermore, many top tier schools actively work to recruit NMSs. This means being an NMS will grant a student greater consideration when applying to colleges.
Customization of Tutoring Courses
Since every student is unique, we tailor each tutoring class to the specific needs of each student. Some students may be advanced in Mathematics but below average in English. Others may be excellent at Math without a calculator but do not know all the ins and outs of their calculators and fall behind on that section of the test. In these cases, tutors would adjust the focus of each class to highlight those specific areas. Similarly, students may be great at Math except for one or two concepts which they need reviewing.
We also offer group classes for PSAT Prep.