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PSAT Semifinalists – How to Advance, What to Expect

PSAT Semifinalist cutoffs being announced soon, so we want to detail the path towards becoming a full-fledged National Merit Finalist, and what that means exactly. Let us know in the comments if you qualified as a Semifinalist! How Many People Earn … Continue reading

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2016 (Unofficial) National Merit Commended Cutoff Score is Out!

Now that we know this year’s (unofficial) National Merit Commended cutoff score is a 209, we wanted to take a look back at how we did, and what this means for our Semifinalist predictions. To clarify, while the NMSC has not officially posted … Continue reading

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I missed the PSAT! Am I doomed?

To those of you who are at home fighting illness and frantically combing the internet to find out if you’ll ever be a National Merit Scholar, TAKE A DEEP BREATH! You can makeup the exam! Yes, if you had to miss today’s … Continue reading

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Be a National Merit Scholar! Part III – Scholarship & Opportunities

Incentive is the mother of motivation, and the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) is no exception; one of the most obvious reasons students compete so desperately to become National Merit Scholars is the financial reward that accompanies such an … Continue reading

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Be a National Merit Scholar! Part II – What Does it Take to be a Finalist?

If you scored well enough on the PSAT in October, you will be notified of your status (whether you are a Commended Student or Semifinalist), via your high school, in September of the following year. Receiving any kind of commendation … Continue reading

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

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Tips and Tricks for the SAT and PSAT: Critical Reading

The Critical Reading section of the SAT encompasses a multitude of challenges, and Critical Reading itself is often a subject at which people naturally excel or struggle significantly. If you aren’t a naturally gifted reader, or you’re a senior with lofty ambitions but lacking … Continue reading

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What does it really take to get into the Ivy League? Part IX: Checklist

Welcome back to College Compass’s series, What does it really take to get into the Ivy League? Now that we’ve covered all of the aspects of applying to an Ivy League school, I have taken the liberty of compiling the … Continue reading

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Choosing the right college for you: Part II – Financial Aid

Welcome to the second post of our new series on choosing the right college for you. Last time, we discussed the role that the cost of college can play in your decision making process. Another aspect of that issue will … Continue reading

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