Have you ever wondered about the PSAT/NMSQT Exam and the National Merit Scholarship Program? Did you know that the “NMSP gives out approximately $50 million in scholarships each year, and some colleges provide lowered — or even free — tuition for recognized students*”? Did you want your child to try to qualify for recognition? Or did you just want to see if your student should take SAT Exam?
Look no further! This unconventional, highly interactive, and fast-paced workshop is designed for the ambitious (and merely curious) high school student intending to qualify for scholarship in the PSAT/NMSQT. Eventually, the student is also situated to face the rigors of the December 2018, SAT Exam. By learning (and going through) the massive changes and improvements in these two distinctly similar exams, as well as becoming familiar with their structure and format, the student would be able to determine how effectively they can navigate in each test.
Primarily, the PSAT component, which will be taken during the first half of the semester, is geared to position the student to compete on the October 2018, PSAT/NMSQT Exam. The review shall focus on three main sections of the PSAT Exam: PSAT Math, PSAT Reading, PSAT Writing. Each week the student shall focus heavily on one subject-section of the PSAT. Here they will learn to steer through all the different question-types in each subject domain. Approximately six weeks of reviewing the PSAT component, the student will have successfully completed four, timed, full practice exams. Because they have gained familiarity and a sizable degree of proficiency, the diligent student can eventually translate their personal-best score into the real PSAT Exam and, hopefully, qualify as a National Merit scholar.
Secondly, the SAT component, which will be taken during the second half of the semester, is geared to position the student to take the December 2018, SAT (and beyond). The review shall focus on the three key sections of the SAT Exam: SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing with the optional SAT Essay. Each week the student shall focus heavily on one subject-section of the SAT and learn to navigate through all the different question-types for each subject domain. Again, approximately seven weeks of reviewing the SAT component, the student will have successfully completed four, timed, full practice exams. Because they have now gained much familiarity and a sizable degree of proficiency with the test, the student can then translate their personal-best score into the real SAT Exam.
With immersion as the primary approach of this course, the student shall receive training in strategies and content. The diligent student will be able to determine their specific learning-gaps and intentionally reduce common errors throughout parts of their timed practice tests, through systematic, methodical correction, as well as calculated repetition. As the semester unfolds, the student shall intuitively acquire effective test-taking tactics, time-management methods, and better study skills. More than this, with study-support groups as the secondary approach of this course, the student shall experience a considerable degree of accountability as they participate in active units of rotating teams. If your student is searching for academic recognition, scholarship, and valuable tools for college admission, this workshop provides them with the first steps.
While we can’t guarantee increased standardized test scores, students will get out of the course what they put into it. For the best chance at a great test-taking experience, participation in all aspects of the course is recommended.