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Overseas Homeschoolers and the National Merit Scholarship

Overseas Homeschoolers and the National Merit Scholarship
Overseas Homeschoolers and the National Merit Scholarship Here in the U.S. homeschoolers can become National Merit Scholars the same way that public school students do, by taking the PSAT-NMSQT in 11th grade. You can learn everything about this process in my article, National Merit Scholarship Information for Homeschoolers.Not all homeschoolers are living in the U.S. though. Some expatriats can't find a place to take the PSAT at all. So you can see how it can be...
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Lee Binz
Hi KML! When you register for the PSAT, they ask you for your school code for your state you will return to.... which isn't always... Read More
Thursday, 04 April 2019 16:42
Guest — KML
Thanks for this article. If you are an overseas homeschooler able to take the PSAT on a military base, which state do they compare... Read More
Thursday, 04 April 2019 06:55
Guest — Lana
How do they calculate selection index from SAT score? Could you please give an example?
Thursday, 03 March 2016 17:52
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National Merit Success Story

National Merit Success Story
If your child tends to be a little bit on the "smart" side, start researching the National Merit Scholarship early in high school.  With just a little practice, smart kids can do stunningly well in the National Merit Scholarship Competition.  And homeschooler can win!  Renee wrote to share about her daughter's successes.I had to share the news about my daughter Abigail. This go-around (as opposed to the first two children), we listed her as private school...
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National Merit Scholarship Information for Homeschoolers

National Merit Scholarship Information for Homeschoolers
Money for College! Have you seen billboards and newspaper articles announcing that a student is a National Merit Scholar?  Did you know that those students entered the competition by taking the PSAT? The National Merit Scholarship is the best known high school scholarship in the nation, and the only way to win is to start with the PSAT test.  Therefore, the single most important thing you can do to win that scholarship is to make sure...
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Guest — Renee G
My dd is a semi-finalist this year. If she gets finalist (90% do), her college of choice will give her a scholarship that includes... Read More
Sunday, 18 November 2012 05:25
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Register for the PSAT

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...
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Guest — Susie
Hi there! I know this is somewhat off-topic however I had to ask. Does running a well-established blog like yours require a massiv... Read More
Friday, 18 October 2013 04:50
Guest — Lee
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 tim... Read More
Friday, 18 October 2013 10:29
Guest — Lori
Thanks Lee! I put a note on my calendar for next year to contact the school about the PSAT! ;-)
Thursday, 29 November 2012 16:03
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Did You Miss the PSAT?

Did You Miss the PSAT?
Sometimes in your heart of hearts, a mom will just KNOW that her child could qualify for the National Merit Scholarship.  If that describes you, what do you do when your child misses the PSAT?  There is a way to apply for the National Merit Scholarship even if your child has missed the test. NationalMerit.orgIf a Student Misses the PSAT/NMSQTA student who does not take the PSAT/NMSQT because of illness, an emergency, or other extenuating circumstance,...
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When should kids practice for the PSAT?

When should kids practice for the PSAT?
The PSAT is great practice for the SAT!  Don't  study before taking it in 10th grade, so that you have a good idea of where you are starting from.  The PSAT does NOT have a hand written essay, it's just a "fill in the bubble" test.  Taking it without practicing can tell you what your "worst possible" score would be  the following year.  It may be helpful to practice for the PSAT after taking it in...
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Guest — Lee
Hi Michelle, I have answered your question in a blog post for today. Here is the link to that answer: http://www.thehomescholar... Read More
Monday, 09 February 2009 19:37
Guest — Michelle
I was wondering if there is a minimum age requirement for the PSAT. I have students who are interested in taking it earlier than ... Read More
Monday, 09 February 2009 18:29
Guest — Lee Binz
Becky, My advice is to wait.... wait until you feel like you know when "junior" year will be. You will know, because you'll be t... Read More
Monday, 08 September 2008 13:40
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Can I Take the PSAT After the SAT?

Can I Take the PSAT After the SAT?
"If my son has already taken the SAT as a sophomore, can he take the PSAT to see if he qualifies for the National Merit Scholarship, and then retake the SAT, or how does that work?"Dear Holly,Yes!  You can take the PSAT after the SAT.  On the National Merit Scholarship Corporation website, you can read about the small details and unusual situations.When I read this page, it seemed as though they really understood gifted kids.  You...
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Guest — Mary
Hello Mrs. Lee I just want to verify this since it's been a couple years since anyone has posted. My daughter is signed up to tak... Read More
Sunday, 17 August 2014 15:03
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Mary, It sounds like your daughter is really pushing herself! It's wonderful that she has lofty goals, but she may not need to ta... Read More
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 23:13
Guest — Lee
Tima, You can only qualify for the NMSQT during junior year - sorry! However, for many colleges the SAT score is even more import... Read More
Saturday, 26 May 2012 11:58
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