PSAT & National Merit Scholarship Guide for Alaska Students

    Posted by Kimberly Hewitt on Monday, June 03, 2019

     

    NOTE: This post is targeted at rising juniors (10th graders as of May 1, 2019).  If you have already taken the PSAT (11th graders of May 1, 2019), check out this post instead.

     

    Summer is an important time for rising juniors to learn about the PSAT and determine whether it’s worth preparing for the test to potentially qualify for recognition and funding under the National Merit Scholarship Program.  Alaska students earning Semifinalist, Finalist, or Winner status have access to generous scholarship opportunities at a variety of colleges. In this post, we’ll break down what’s on the PSAT, how the National Merit Scholarship Program works, and what rising juniors should do ASAP—ideally before August 15, 2019—to see where they stand.

     

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    Topics: Financial Aid & Scholarships, ACT, SAT, College Admissions: Build Your Application Assets, 11th Grade - Juniors, 10th Grade - Sophomores, College Admissions: Test Well, Anchorage, PSAT

    When to Prepare for and Take the SAT/ACT (Including PSAT/National Merit Info): 3 Questions to Help You Decide

    Posted by Kimberly Hewitt on Friday, May 03, 2019

     

    10th and 11th graders: Your SAT or ACT scores will likely play a significant role in your competitiveness when applying to colleges, with 88% of colleges placing considerable or moderate importance on students’ standardized test scores for admissions purposes.1  Given the importance of your SAT/ACT scores, how should you develop your testing calendar and plans?  In this article, we’ll review three questions to help you decide when you should prepare for and take the official SAT or ACT—including what sophomores should do over the summer to determine whether they may be competitive for National Merit recognition on their junior year PSAT.

     

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    First, let’s start with a high-level overview of SAT/ACT testing strategy.

     

     

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    Topics: SAT Subject Tests, ACT, SAT, 11th Grade - Juniors, 10th Grade - Sophomores, 12th Grade - Seniors, College Admissions: Test Well, Anchorage, PSAT

    PSAT Scores Are Out: Alaska National Merit Info & What You Should Do Next

    Posted by Kimberly Hewitt on Monday, December 10, 2018

     

    If you took the PSAT in October as either a 10th or 11th grader, you should have received your scores on December 12.  What do your scores mean?  How do they relate to the SAT/ACT?  How does the National Merit Scholarship Program work, and what are the Alaska qualifying scores?  And now that you have your scores, what should you do next?

     

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    Topics: Financial Aid & Scholarships, ACT, SAT, College Admissions: Build Your Application Assets, 11th Grade - Juniors, 10th Grade - Sophomores, College Admissions: Test Well, Anchorage, PSAT

    Taking Practice SAT/ACT Tests: Why, When & How—And What to Do After

    Posted by Kimberly Hewitt on Tuesday, October 16, 2018

     

     

    At Frontier Tutoring, we encourage every college-bound high school student in Anchorage to take advantage of our free practice SAT/ACT testing at the right time as part of their test prep strategy.  And many do—last year, over 40% of Anchorage School District students who took the SAT/ACT electively signed up for a Frontier Tutoring practice test first.  But why, when, and how, exactly, should you sign up for practice tests?  We’ve put together a few tips to help you get the most out of this important resource and navigate the standardized testing and college admissions process.

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    Topics: ACT, SAT, 11th Grade - Juniors, 10th Grade - Sophomores, 12th Grade - Seniors, College Admissions: Test Well, Anchorage, PSAT

    How to Compare Redesigned SAT, PSAT, and ACT Scores: Quick Reference Guide

    Posted by Kimberly Hewitt on Friday, May 13, 2016


    Earlier this week, the College Board released scores from the March 5 SAT—the first administration of the redesigned SAT—as well as long-awaited new concordance tables, which allow students to understand how their scores from the redesigned SAT, ACT, and old SAT compare in common terms.  Shortly after the College Board's announcement, the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education announced the Alaska Performance Scholarship score requirements for redesigned SAT.  What does the new scoring system of the redesigned SAT mean for you?

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    Topics: ACT, SAT, 11th Grade - Juniors, 10th Grade - Sophomores, College Admissions: Test Well, PSAT