Taking the PSAT is a skill that can learned and polished. We teach test-taking strategies as well as target student's focus areas for math and grammar skills. With practice, every student can improve his or her scores!
Need help with 2017 PSAT scores? Click here!
Sophomore this year? Go ahead and take the test to see how you do. No need to focus on test preparation this year.
Junior this year? This is the year you want to prepare! Just being a "high-scorer," National Merit Commended, or National Merit Semi-Finalist is a real achievement that colleges are looking for.
The PSAT is given once per year in October to freshman (sometimes), sophomores (usually), and juniors in high school. If you are a public school student, there is typically no need to register; sometimes freshman will need to opt in - sometimes school districts will require all students to sign up. Check with your counselor to see what the policy is at your school. If your school is small and doesn't offer the PSAT or you are homeschooled, click here to register your student.
"PSAT" stands for Preliminary SAT. "NMSQT" (Go ahead, say "Nim Squat," you know you want to.) stands for National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Basically, the College Board accomplishes two goals with this test: give students a preview of what the SAT will be like and screen high-scoring students for qualification for a National Merit Scholarship. For the NMSQT, only scores from a student's junior year count for the scholarship competition. The "Selection Index" is calculated by doubling the sum of the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math subscores. Below are the important dates for this year's administration of the PSAT/NMSQT:
|October 2018||Test Administration in schools|
|December 2018||PSAT scores released online|
|January 2019||Paper score reports with personal test booklets mailed to schools|
|April 2019||Schools are notified of qualifying students and are asked to verify eligibility|
|Early September 2019||Semi-finalists (top less than 1%) are notified and given materials to advance in the competition|
|Late September 2019||Commended students receive notice of their achievement; these students do not advance in the competition.|
|February 2020||Finalists notified of their advancement in the competition.|
|Beginning March 2020||The National Merit Scholarship Corporation begins notifying winners of several different types of scholarships.|
So when should your student begin studying? With flexible schedules, we can get most students prepared in a short time if the student is willing to put in the preparation time. However, most students will benefit from a longer preparation time, meeting once per week for the seven weeks or so before their test date.
We teach an array of strategies and our curriculum which covers an overview of the test, global PSAT strategies, and targeted content mastery. Susan Powers, founder, has developed our strategies and the curriculum over years of tutoring. We use practice materials of our own plus some hand-selected materials from other major and boutique test prep companies. Our tutors take a toolbox approach, fitting the best strategies to the student. Since different materials work better for different students, we match the materials your students uses to his or her needs.
Generally, we cover all the material over 7 two-hour sessions over seven weeks. We can also extend or condense that timing according to your student's needs. Students who want signficant content area tutoring should allow addiitonal time for additional sessions and practice. Like learning any new skill, mastery of the PSAT requires practice; your student should count on working 20-30 minutes every day to see measurable changes in his or her score.
Your student will take a minimum of three practice tests: one before we begin to focus our work together, one about mid-way, and one about a week before the test date.
Fees for one-on-one tutoring for full PSAT preparation are $1,799 including custom-selected teaching and practice materials for your student.
If you'd like to gather a small group to work together, we offer a discount: $1,399 per student. Groups of two or three students can work really well as students motivate each other and help with questions in between sessions, plus it can make it more fun!
If your student just needs one or a few sessions to brush up on test strategies or particular content areas, we help with that too - just ask about pricing.
We also offer tutoring in a classroom setting. Click here to learn more about upcoming PSAT classes!