I got some great news the other day. One of my students worked extremely hard preparing for the PSAT. When he got his scores, we thought that he had missed the cutoff by one point based on the projected cutoff given shortly after the test.
However, he heard that he made it and can at least make a run for semi-finalist and finalist!
I’m so proud of him for the time that he invested to make dramatic gains in the vocabulary section of the PSAT reading and in each kind of question in the writing sections of the PSAT! It was not an easy climb.
Eric Anderson is a PSAT and SAT tutor in New Tampa and Wesley Chapel. If your student needs help preparing for a college admissions exam, call Eric at 813.787.8959 or email him at tampa tutor at tampa bay dot rr dot com.
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