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PSAT/NMSQT – Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship

Qualifying Test.

The re-designed PSAT test includes three sections: (1) READING section: 60 minutes long, comprising 47 questions, (2) WRITING section: 35 minutes long, comprising 44 questions, (3) MATH section: 70 minutes long (one 45-minute calculator-optional section and one 25-minute no-calculator section), comprising a total of 47 questions.  The total test: 2hours and 45minutes.


Purpose of test:

  • To introduce most students to the first standardized test, on the road to college. PSAT assesses knowledge and skills students have acquired both in and out of the classroom.
  • Test results will provide students specific sub-scores; this feedback allows students to gain an insight into how they may perform on the SAT and highlight aspects that need improvement.
  • To qualify for the National Merit Scholarship which is “an academic competition for recognition and scholarship” (NMSC). Three types of merit scholarships are awarded: a $2,500 Merit scholarship, Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarships and College-sponsored Merit Scholarships.

When taken?

  • While some students take the PSAT/NMSQT in October of their sophomore year, most students take this test in the fall of their junior year. Junior year scores of the PSAT are considered for the National Merit Scholarship Program. The sophomore year test is for practice only.
  • High schools administer the test and receive scores from College Board for distribution to students mid-December.





Students enroll in our COLLEGE BOUND PROGRAM at the end of their sophomore year by joining our summer session tutorials that run for 12/13 weeks, starting mid-July. Classes meet once a week, usually over the weekend for three hours – 1 ½ hour math and 1 ½ hour verbal. Class size is limited to 15-18 students and students are organized into classes according to their skill level/previous test scores.

In order to prepare students for the “reading” portion of the test, students are taught specific strategies of how to read, highlight, comprehend and answer questions. Since students are also tested in vocabulary-in-context, students learn vocabulary through proven methods other than the mere memorization of words. Students are also provided a thorough overview of grammar/ sentence structure skills to prepare them for the “writing” portion of the test, which asks students to revise and edit texts for expression of ideas and show facility with grammar, usage and punctuation conventions.

In math, other than covering the content of the test, students learn explicit concepts and skills to solve problems easily and quickly. Students are expected not only to show command of skills as well as knowledge in math but also be able to apply this ability to solve problems. The class is taught by a dedicated expert who has developed specific teaching skills not only to impart successful math knowledge, but also to instill test-taking confidence.

We believe math is best learned when a teacher is able to boil down difficult problems into simple concepts that can be easily grasped and are fun to learn. Our twenty-six years of teaching experience has allowed us to develop specific strategies to help all students.

Most importantly, students enrolled in our PSAT TEST PREP TUTORIALS meet one-on-one with our teachers after test results are received. At this review session, parents and students review/assess and analyze errors and strategize how to improve performance for the all-important SAT.

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