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Money Makes the World Go ‘Round – A Brief History of the PSAT/NMSQT

The PSAT/NMSQT is no ordinary standardized test. As the qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship, the PSAT/NMSQT is the Cerberus that guards the gates to a $2500 scholarship prize and a slew of other desirable benefits — a leg … Continue reading

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Be a National Merit Scholar! Part I – Qualifications and Overview

Every year approximately 1.5 million students participate in the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT), otherwise known as the Preliminary SAT or PSAT. Of these 1.5 million students, approximately fifty five thousand students will score high enough to be recognized … Continue reading

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What PSAT Scores Make the Cut for National Merit?

Now that PSAT scores have been received, the question that most people want answered revolves around the cutoff scores for National Merit Semifinalist standing. In other words: What is the minimum score that will qualify me to be a National … Continue reading

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What does it really take to get into the Ivy League? Part II: PSAT, SAT, and ACT

Last time, we discussed the number one, most important part of your application: grades. In this post, we will turn to the next most important, and easy to measure, part of your application: standardized test scores. Should I take the … Continue reading

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What is National Merit Commended Scholar 2011?

So you take the PSAT and then what happens? What’s all the big fuss? Earning a National Merit Scholarship, that’s what! Let us explain. If you are a Junior in high school, you are eligible to qualify for National Merit … Continue reading

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How Do I Become a National Merit Semifinalist?

The National Merit Scholarship is an honor awarded to 2500 high school students every year to recognize their academic excellence. Bill Gates, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos all count themselves as members of this elite … Continue reading

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