Though the PSAT test is often not high on students’ college testing radar and many schools do little to promote it, high scores on the PSAT bring students both prestige and money. The PSAT is a shorter, easier version of the SAT and thus offers good practice for students who plan to take the SAT. Top scorers become Merit semi-Finalists (top 4%) and then move on to the next level by writing an essay and taking either the SAT or ACT. The lucky Merit Scholars (top 1%) are then pretty well set for college admission.
Our PSAT tutoring has proven results. Dr. Ene-Kaja Chippendale for the verbal tests and Dr. Gary Moss for the math sections offer one-on-one tutoring to sophomores and juniors to prepare them for this high stakes test. They recommend 20 hours of tutoring, 10 in each area. The number of hours can be adjusted based on progress.
PSAT prep involves some background review in core subjects, including math and English, and practice using authentic, retired PSAT tests. Students also learn the critical pacing strategies that allow them to navigate through the test comfortably and successfully.
The PSAT is not an easy test, and effective prep makes all the difference. High achieving students should challenge themselves and give the PSAT a try. The pay back is well worth the effort.
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The power of private PSAT tutoring
Private PSAT tutoring sessions are geared specifically for each student’s goals. No time is wasted on known material or waiting for classmates to catch up. Rather, each session will take a student on his/her personal journey to success. Students will use only authentic PSAT tests for practice.
Some students take the PSAT to practice for the SAT. This worthwhile practice earns them higher SAT scores, which in turn lead to more college choices and higher scholarships.
However, the real power of the private PSAT tutoring lies in its success in guiding top students to the single most prestigious college award: the Merit Scholarship. Merit semifinalists and Merit Scholars are prized by colleges and universities around the country. Colleges offer lucrative baits to attract these coveted students: generous scholarships, free room and board, and even study abroad. The Merit is a prize worth working for, and we have proven success in guiding students to it.
Advantages of private PSAT tutoring for all students
- Flexible scheduling, including weekends
- Instruction geared entirely to each student’s needs
- Individualized homework assignments
- Immediate feedback and assessment of progre