TUESDAY TIPS; 12/18/18

Published Tuesday, December 18, 2018 by Tifinie


Attention 8th, 9th, and 10th graders; especially students beginning their junior year in the following fall: Sign up by September to take your PSAT in October of your 10th and 11th grade years.  The PSAT is given twice a year, both times being in October with results being released by the end of the year.  Prepare for this exam by the beginning of your sophomore year (or junior year if you feel confident) to work on boosting your scores and increase your chances at becoming a National Merit Scholar.


The PSAT is a misunderstood and underrated exam from the perspective of students. Many students don’t bother to take it, or at least don’t take it seriously.  Commonly, it is thought of as just a formal practice exam, but why would anyone sign up for that?  There is a lot more to the PSAT than you hear about.


Students in the 10th grade should take the opportunity to practice for the PSAT (and the SAT) by registering to take their PSAT in October of their sophomore year.  This will be for practice only, as the scores don’t count for sophomores, and will allow students the opportunity to get nervous-first-time jitters out of the way.  It will also allow them to get a feel for the environment they will be testing in, introduce the procedures of the exam, and give them an idea on how they will score on the exam the following year.


Only students in the 11th grade who take the PSAT have the opportunity to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship by scoring in the top percent of their state’s juniors who took the PSAT. While the score achieved on the PSAT doesn’t mean much to universities, many universities do, however, honor students who receive recognition as National Merit Semifinalists with full scholarships.  Doing well on this exam can be your fully-paid ticket to the college of your choosing!  Is it me, or did the PSAT just get more interesting?






Punctually practicing perfect tongue twisters can help develop superior speech habits. Rapid, repeated pronunciation is proven to strengthen and develop distinguished skills in presentation, which may help you get through a sticky speech or an intellectual interview when your tongue gets tied up on its own.  Have fun with this week’s featured tongue twister!


They say that a two twice-twisted twine twisted twice twists twice as tight

As a one once-twisted twine twisted twice,

But I say that a two twice-twisted twine twisted twice does not

Twist as tight as a one once-twisted twine twisted twice.

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