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

Incentive is the mother of all 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 … 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 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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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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Ask Test Masters: PSAT Prep

Ask Test Masters is a great, free service that we provide where you can ask the experts at Test Masters all of your test prep and college admissions questions. If you have a question, send it to us – chances … 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 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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