Prestigious High School Awards
Students qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program by earning a top score on their PSAT taken in October of their junior year in high school. Nationally, approximately 50,000 students nationally will qualify based on their PSAT scores. From there, approximately two-thirds will receive Letters of Commendation and the remaining one-third will become semi finalists and, eventually, finalists. Approximately 94% of semifinalists become finalists. While only finalists receive a $2500 scholarship from NMSC, all 50,000 students earning top PSAT scores may qualify for private, corporate, and college scholarships.
The first step in qualifying for the National Merit Scholarship is preparing for the PSAT/NMSQT. While this is important, it is not the only reason to prepare for the PSAT. Here are three reasons to prepare for the PSAT:
- The PSAT is the qualifier test for National Merit Scholarships. Not only do these $2500 NMSC scholarships and/or corporate and business scholarships help pay for college, being a National Merit Scholar is incredibly prestigious and highly regarded by college admission committees.
- Because the PSAT is so similar to the SAT, PSAT preparation serves a double purpose – both as preparation for the PSAT and early preparation for the SAT.
- Preparation for the PSAT provides early indication of areas needing remediation. By preparing for the PSAT, these potentially problematic academic or test-taking gaps can be addressed early in the preparation cycle, giving more time and opportunity to maximize scores on the SAT.
The NC Global 50-Point Plan for PSAT
NC Global’s PSAT tutoring program begins with a personalized 50-Point Plan™ for success. NC Global tutors and students then follow the plan, which addresses basic weaknesses and strengthens overall test-taking performance in all areas tested by the PSAT. This completely unique and innovative approach to the PSAT ensures that each student gets the maximum benefit from each moment of tutoring and receives the individualized instruction that she needs in order to experience meaningful, often award-winning scores on the PSAT, and later on the SAT.