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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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No Freshman Fun!

No Freshman Fun!
Dear Lee, I have a question about whether I should have my daughter take the PSAT this year. I am aware of the helpfulness of this test. (I benefitted from the "profit" aspect of the test myself when I was in high school.) My problem is that Catherine, my daughter, is a "freshmore" this year. She did not get enough credits last year to qualify her as a sophomore. (I taught high school before and only...
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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...
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First Choice College for NMSQT

First Choice College for NMSQT
** Lisa had some questions about the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT)*** Dear Lisa, Congratulations about being National Merit Scholarship Qualifiers! Wow, that's a big deal! Both of my boys were commended students, so we didn't actually go through the scholarship selection process. Even commendation was a big deal for college merit aid - so good job! You have probably seen already that the National Merit is a difficult and complex scholarship to apply for,...
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