The PSAT 2019

Published Wednesday, October 16, 2019 by Tifinie

Today is the big day for the PSAT!!  Every year around this time, high school juniors get the chance to compete for opportunities to win some amazing scholarships.  The PSAT is actually a student’s ticket to compete for recognition and rewards from individuals and organizations interested in supporting students and education.  These sponsors use the PSAT results to find students who EXCEL in life and academics and are worth the investment.   That’s right, the P in PSAT does not stand for PRACTICE (SAT), it stands for PRELIMINARY and is the first taste that a… Continue Reading

STANDARDIZED TESTING: COLLEGE ADMISSIONS

Published Tuesday, October 15, 2019 by Tifinie

SAT and ACT When colleges are looking for new students, they review applicant profiles in search of the best of the bunch to make up their student body.  Of course, the most reputable colleges usually get the cream of the crop, aiming to enroll the most talented students they can find.  The rest of the students then disperse into various universities and local colleges. Which students are the most talented?  How do colleges decide?  Colleges use various tools when evaluating eligible students.  Every student that applies will submit an application package providing crucial information about… Continue Reading

Breaking Down Vocabulary

Published Friday, January 23, 2015 by Alina Krjukova

So you’ve been studying your vocabulary list for the last few weeks, and you have a pretty good hang of it. You know the definitions, and you feel pretty comfortable about understanding the words in context, but what about the other hundreds of thousands of words in the English language? One thing that you can do to prepare yourself for a run-in with the more remote words is learn to dissect words and figure out their meanings based on the roots. By dividing words into familiar parts, you can learn how to decode even the… Continue Reading

National Merit Scholarship Cutoff Scores by State

Published Thursday, October 2, 2014 by Rakhi

Students who took the PSAT in October of this year 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 …..and are graduating (graduated) in this year. 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 Alabama 211 209 211 210 208 209 209 Alaska 212 204 212 214 211 212 213 Arizona 214 212 213 209 210 209 211 Arkansas 205 202 205 203 203 204 201 California 223 220 221 219 218 217 218 Colorado 215 212 215 212 213 213 213 Connecticut 221 218 220 219 218 218 217 Delaware 218 215 217 215 219 219 219… Continue Reading

Upcoming Changes to the SAT

Published Friday, April 1, 2011 by Tarang

As you all know, the SAT has constantly changed itself over the years to stay alive. It went from being a 1600 point test to a 2400 point test in 2005. Instead of having only verbal and math, the SAT now has critical reading, math, and writing. The writing section includes an essay, which was not previously present. Also, the SAT added more focus on Algebra 2 in 2005 as well. Recently, the SAT has been feeling the pressure from rival standardized test ACT. The ACT also has a PSAT counterpart called PLAN, which is… Continue Reading


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