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MCHS PSAT PROGRAM. Information for Parents and Students. PSAT/NMSQT. What is it? (What’s the difference in the PSAT and the SAT?) Who takes PSAT? When? What’s NMSQT? Who’s your competition? How does the process work?. PSAT. What is it? (What’s the difference in the PSAT and the SAT?)

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Mchs psat program

MCHS PSATPROGRAM

Information for Parents and Students


Psat nmsqt
PSAT/NMSQT

  • What is it? (What’s the difference in the PSAT and the SAT?)

  • Who takes PSAT? When?

  • What’s NMSQT?

  • Who’s your competition?

  • How does the process work?


PSAT

  • What is it? (What’s the difference in the PSAT and the SAT?)

    • PSAT

      • Practice for “Real Deal” college admissions test

      • 5 sections (2 hrs., 10 min.)

    • SAT

      • “Real Deal” college admissions test

      • 10 sections (3 hrs., 45 min.)


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PSAT/NMSQT

  • Who takes PSAT? When?

    • 9th and 10th graders for practice

    • 11th graders for scholarship competition


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PSAT/NMSQT

  • What’s NMSQT?

    • National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test

    • When high school juniors take the PSAT, their scores are used for scholarship competition

      • National Merit

      • National Achievement (African Americans only)


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PSAT/NMSQT

  • How does the process work?


  • National Merit Scholarship Competition (Oct. Junior Year)

    -Dec. (Jr.): scores arrive -Apr. (Jr.): letter

    -Sept. (Sr.):

    • 34,000 Letters of Commendation (stop)

    • 16,000 semifinalists (go!)

      Oct. (Sr.): MCHS reception/field

      SEMIS complete packet & take SAT

  • Feb. (Sr.): semifinalists who meet academic and other requirements advance to Finalist standing (approx. 90%).

  • March (Sr.), winners of special scholarships notified.


Nmsqt
NMSQT

  • Who’s your competition for semifinalist?

    • Juniors in the state

      If MS has 3% of the nation’s incoming college freshman, we get 3% of the nation’s semifinalists. Student scores are listed from the top down and CUT OFF when that percentage is filled. The CUT OFF score may change each year depending on % of incoming college freshmen and performance of high school juniors.


Qualifying scores for the class of 2012 national merit semifinalists
Qualifying Scores for the Class of 2012 National Merit Semifinalists:

Illinois 216

Indiana 214

Iowa 210

Kansas 214

Kentucky 212

Louisiana 209

Maine 212

Maryland 221

Massachusetts 223

Michigan 210

Minnesota 215

Mississippi 205

Missouri 213

Montana 209

Nebraska 209

Nevada 209

New Hampshire 216

New Jersey 223

New Mexico 210

New York 219

North Carolina 217

North Dakota 204

Ohio 214

Oklahoma 209

Oregon 216

Pennsylvania 215

Rhode Island 213

South Carolina 211

South Dakota 206

Tennessee 214

Texas 219

Utah 208

Vermont 217

Virginia 220

Washington 220

West Virginia 204

Wisconsin 209

Wyoming 204

Alabama 221

Alaska 212

Arizona 213

Arkansas 205

California 221

Colorado 215

Connecticut 220

Delaware 217

D.of C. 223

Florida 214

Georgia 218

Hawaii 216

Idaho 211


Think about it
THINK ABOUT IT! Semifinalists:

C

  • At SCHOOL, 70 = barely passing!

  • But on PSAT

    Critical Reading 70

    Math 70

    Writing + 70

    (Below cutoff in over 1/3 states)210

    National Merit GLORY BOUND in MS!


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NMSQT Semifinalists:

  • Who’s your competition for college admissions?

    If you want to attend college out-of-state, it’s not good enough to be an in-state semifinalist. Your score will need to be competitive nationally.


Last year s cut off
LAST YEAR’S CUT OFF: Semifinalists:

205

YOUR TARGET SCORE (forMerit $$$:

206


Based on
BASED ON: Semifinalists:

INDOMITABLE

WILL!

  • Realistic assessment of strengths & weaknesses

  • Performance analysis to ID areas where you stand to pick up most pts.

  • Commitment!

  • Targeted PRACTICE! PRACTICE! And more PRACTICE!* (3O hrs. min.)


Your current score
Your current Semifinalists:score:

?

A realistic personal goal:

A SPECIFIC

PLAN!

?


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MCHS PSAT PROGRAM Semifinalists:

  • DEBORAH BEVERLY SUSAN

    REED DANIEL SHIVERS

    WRITING MATH CRITICAL

    READING


Education certification experience
Education, Certification, & Semifinalists:Experience:

  • Masters degrees in

    • English

    • Mathematics

    • Social Science

  • National Board Certification

  • Advanced Placement Certification

  • 100+ years of experience combined


S 3 approach
S Semifinalists:3 Approach

  • SKILLS:

    • 10th Grade Class

  • STRATEGIES:

    • Summer Workshop

  • SPEED:

    • 11th Grade Class


Practice is key
PRACTICE IS KEY! Semifinalists:

  • Educational research shows that 30 hours of deliberate (dedicated and focused) practice nets 12-15 pts.

  • Most students simply lack the discipline to do that in addition to other classwork, so…

  • We program 20 hours of drill into each of our components.


Data driven
DATA-DRIVEN Semifinalists:

  • SCHEDULING:

    • 10th Grade Skills Class

    • 11th Grade Speed Class

  • LESSON PLANNING:

    • Class Structure

    • Class Content

  • 3 SATURDAYS: Real Practice Tests!

RESULTS-ORIENTED


See our national merit and national achievement galleries @ http mcjags com page 7952
See our National Merit and National Achievement Galleries @ Semifinalists:http://mcjags.com/Page/7952


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