Why It Is Important for Juniors To Take the PSAT in October

Many students and parents do not realize the importance of the PSAT/NMSQT and might therefore push-off test prep until later in the academic year.  However taking the PSAT and doing well has significant benefits for certain students:

Scholarship Opportunities

  • The National Merit Scholarship Program is open to all PSAT-takers
  • National Achievement Scholarship Program for Black American High School students
  • National Hispanic Recognition Program, which recognizes outstanding Hispanic/Latino students

Student Athletes

Students with aspirations of being an early recruited athlete should be sure to plan for early test prep.  Doing well on your PSAT gives coaches the assurance that you have your testing under control.

Prospective Service Academy Candidates

Acceptance is a 60/20/20 effort, with 60 % being academics. The academies are looking for a good composite on the ACT/SAT’s, which students should start taking in their junior year. If students take the PSAT in the junior year and do well, they will be on the Academy radar. They need to work hard to improve their scores as the Academies like to see a composite close to 29 – 30 on the ACT’s and scores of 560-600 on the SAT’s. Many students who are actually offered appointments will score even higher. So the advice the academies give is: take the ACT & SAT tests early and often.

With the test date of October 11 quickly approaching, CPC can help with test prep for PSAT if you feel your student falls into one of these categories or you simply would like to get a head start on test prep for future tests.  We are here to help!

College Placement Consulting offers comprehensive college planning services.  In helping to identify each student’s next best step in the college process, our goal at CPC is to eliminate stress, de-mystify the process, and internally motivate each student by using state of the art resources and top notch specialists.  If you are interested in learning more, you can schedule a consultation here or contact us at 410-822-4500 or info@teamcpc.com

 

 

 

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Many students and parents do not realize the importance of the PSAT/NMSQT and might therefore push-off test prep until later in the academic year.  However taking the PSAT and ...
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