I needed some good news today and I got some. One of my very best students got his PSAT scores. Due to his hard work and extraordinary discipline, he achieved a PSAT score in the 99th percentile. I am so proud of him for his dedication to excellence.
I can’t believe how fast the summer has gone and how close a pair of my students are to the scores needed to get into the race for National Merit Scholarships. Both have worked very hard over the summer.
Being in the upper half of the 99th percentile of the people who take the PSAT is a tall order, but not impossible for someone dedicated to cracking the PSAT. Even if you don’t become an NMS, taking the PSAT is great practice for the SAT.
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My brother was a National Merit Scholarship Semi Finalist. When he won it, we lived in Dover, Delaware, and I thought he got a little full of himself.
This summer was the first time I tutored the PSAT, so I had to learn a bit more about the scores required to compete for a National Merit Scholarship. It’s tough, and I admire anyone who can get within striking distance. Students interested in taking a shot at the PSAT can find out all the info here: http://www.nationalmerit.org/student_guide.pdf
My best standardized test score was years back on the LSAT, I managed to get a score in the top 5% of people who took the test and thought I was the bees knees. That ain’t even close to what you need to become a NMS…
If your student is preparing for the PSAT or SAT and would like to get help a Tampa PSAT tutor, call Eric at 813.787.8959.
Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 9/3/2009 12:23 AM
Even if taking the PSAT or SAT isn’t immediately on the horizon for your child, you can help him or her take a small step to prepare for these tests this summer. The creators of the SAT have a free program to e-mail one SAT question per day to students who sign up.
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Once students answer, they can review the correct answer to the practice SAT question with an explanation. These daily SAT practice questions are a great way to do a little SAT prep over the summer.
Sign up at: http://apps.collegeboard.com/qotd/question.do.
Tip courtesy of Tampa English Tutor Eric Anderson. Eric tutors writing, grammar, and SAT for students in New Tampa. Reach him at 813.787.8959.
Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 6/3/2009 8:09 AM