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Register for the PSAT

Right now is the time.  No more putting it off.  Call the local high school (public or private) and ask them how to register your homeschooled student for the PSAT.  The test is in October, but you need to register as soon as possible.


The PSAT in 10th grade is "for fun."  It's an opportunity for sophomores to try the PSAT for the first time, when it really don't matter for anything.

The PSAT in 11th grade is "for profit" because the junior year PSAT is the only year it counts for the National Merit Scholarship.  If you have a particularly smart 11th grader, they may score high enough to get the National Merit Scholarship.  Otherwise, the PSAT is just great practice for the SAT in the spring.  Either way, it's a great opportunity. It can estimate your score on the SAT, and help you figure out which colleges might be a good fit in the future.

I don't usually recommend the PSAT in 9th grade.  At that age, most kids don't have the amount of math they need to score well.  Since they can't do well, I worry that kids will develop a test phobia, from being forced to take a test they when they are expected to do poorly.  Unless kids have completed geometry, taking the test in 9th grade may do more harm than good.

If you want to learn more about the PSAT, this article will help: Take the PSAT for Fun and Profit



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Comments 9

Guest - Susie (website) on Friday, 18 October 2013 04:50

Hi there! I know this is somewhat off-topic however I had to ask. Does running a well-established blog like yours require a massive amount work? I am brand new to running a blog however I do write in my journal daily. I'd like to start a blog so I can share my personal experience and feelings online. Please let me know if you have any kind of ideas or tips for brand new aspiring bloggers. Thankyou!

Hi there! I know this is somewhat off-topic however I had to ask. Does running a well-established blog like yours require a massive amount work? I am brand new to running a blog however I do write in my journal daily. I'd like to start a blog so I can share my personal experience and feelings online. Please let me know if you have any kind of ideas or tips for brand new aspiring bloggers. Thankyou!
Guest - Lee on Friday, 18 October 2013 10:29

Suzie, thanks for the question! I can tell you that it takes a lot of consistency and hard work. It does take a good amount of time as well, making sure it appears the way you want it to with all the correct key words and such. We all make mistakes, my blog included! It's a process, but it's worth it! I wish you the best of luck on your blog!

Suzie, thanks for the question! I can tell you that it takes a lot of consistency and hard work. It does take a good amount of time as well, making sure it appears the way you want it to with all the correct key words and such. We all make mistakes, my blog included! It's a process, but it's worth it! I wish you the best of luck on your blog!
Guest - Lori (website) on Thursday, 29 November 2012 16:03

Thanks Lee! I put a note on my calendar for next year to contact the school about the PSAT! ;-)

Thanks Lee! I put a note on my calendar for next year to contact the school about the PSAT! ;-)
Guest - Lee (website) on Thursday, 29 November 2012 15:21

Dear Lori,
Make sure you read the article to get all the details. The ONLY score that counts is the score received during junior year - whether it is higher or lower doesn't matter, only junior year matters. You can take the test in sophomore year just for practice.
Blessings,
Lee

Dear Lori, Make sure you read the article to get all the details. The ONLY score that counts is the score received during junior year - whether it is higher or lower doesn't matter, only junior year matters. You can take the test in sophomore year just for practice. Blessings, Lee
Guest - Lori on Thursday, 29 November 2012 11:09

Lee, I recently heard from another homeschooling business that it's best to only take the test one time, as that's usually your teen's best score. What are your thoughts on that?

Lee, I recently heard from another homeschooling business that it's best to only take the test one time, as that's usually your teen's best score. What are your thoughts on that?
Guest - Assistant to The HomeScholar (website) on Thursday, 29 November 2012 12:59

Hi Lori!
You know your children best, so only you know for sure if your student will benefit from taking the test more than once. Lee discusses taking the PSAT this article as well: Take the PSAT for Fun and Profit
Blessings!
Robin

Hi Lori! You know your children best, so only you know for sure if your student will benefit from taking the test more than once. Lee discusses taking the PSAT this article as well: Take the PSAT for Fun and Profit Blessings! Robin
Guest - Tammy (website) on Tuesday, 18 September 2012 22:02

We've been 'practicing' for the PSAT for a whole year now! A few dollars of investments into study books and guides is well worth it for the awards it good bring. We've seen our daughter's practice tests rise to the score that in our state would grant her a four year scholarship. I love that homeschooling allows us to take the time during our school days to work on this test beforehand. Less than a month to go!

We've been 'practicing' for the PSAT for a whole year now! A few dollars of investments into study books and guides is well worth it for the awards it good bring. We've seen our daughter's practice tests rise to the score that in our state would grant her a four year scholarship. I love that homeschooling allows us to take the time during our school days to work on this test beforehand. Less than a month to go!
Guest - Lee (website) on Saturday, 15 September 2012 07:25

I can't believe your daughter is a sophomore already! For some reason I can accept "tall" but "sophomore" is unimaginable! LOL! I think practice is a good idea
Blessings,
Lee

I can't believe your daughter is a sophomore already! For some reason I can accept "tall" but "sophomore" is unimaginable! LOL! I think practice is a good idea :) Blessings, Lee
Guest - J W on Friday, 14 September 2012 22:38

Thanks for the link to the article - the information there will help me decide what to do with my sophomore, but it looks like I gotta decide soon!

Thanks for the link to the article - the information there will help me decide what to do with my sophomore, but it looks like I gotta decide soon!
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