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SAT Multiple Choice Writing Tips—Pronouns

Don’t stop reading! Yes, you use pronouns every day and you know how to use them—for the most part—but if you want to make an 800 on that writing section, you’ll want to be able to spot all of the … Continue reading

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A Straightforward, Simple SAT Math Problem

Sometimes, math problems on the SAT really are as straightforward as they seem. Here’s an example of a problem that should be fairly easy to solve. In a sequence of numbers, the first number is 6, and each number after … Continue reading

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National Merit Scholarship Cutoff Scores by State

Students who took the PSAT in October of this year 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 …..and are graduating (graduated) in this year. 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 Alabama 211 209 211 210 208 209 209 Alaska … Continue reading

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Improve Your SAT Score – Multiple Choice Writing

Many students struggle with the SAT Multiple Choice Writing section, which is surprising given how coachable this section of the exam really is. The SAT Multiple Choice Writing section is nothing more than a basic test of your English grammar … Continue reading

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Extra Hard SAT Math Question – Triangle Side Lengths

At the end of every SAT Math section, the test makers try to come up with an extremely difficult problem that will leave even the cleverest students scratching their heads. The really evil part, though, is that even these problems … Continue reading

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SAT Critical Reading Example Problem

The easiest way to improve your SAT Critical Reading Score is to practice! This means going through example problem after example problem until you begin to recognize (and remember) key vocabulary words and the ways SAT test makers attempt to … Continue reading

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I Missed the PSAT – Can I Make It Up?

The answer to that question is yes, you absolutely can! Many people don’t realize that if they miss the PSAT due to illness, emergency, or other extenuating circumstances, they still have a chance to compete for the National Merit Scholarship. … 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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