SAT & ACT Practice Test Benefits
Most high school students understand the importance of achieving high scores on the SAT. Many competitive colleges use these scores to evaluate students with disparate school records. Today, SAT & ACT scores carry more weight than ever before.
SAT scores can have a major impact on a student’s options for college. Although some colleges do not require SAT scores, this is extremely rare. Most schools require students to submit their SAT or ACT scores with their application.
Aside from colleges, a surprising number of companies are now asking to see SAT scores. Due to the weight these scores carry, many students worry about this important test. This is why it’s so important to be well prepared.
The SAT and ACT are very different from the other tests that high school students are used to taking. Taking practice tests allows students to familiarize themselves with the format and the types of questions asked on the SAT and ACT. This can significantly improve test scores on the day of the test.
Practice Tests Help Students Succeed
One common complaint from students is that they find it difficult to manage their time when taking the SAT and ACT. These students often end up running out of time and rushing through the last few questions. By taking practice tests, students can learn how to properly manage their time when taking the actual test.
Although vocabulary words can vary from test to test, taking practice tests allows students to discover specific words that come up regularly. This helps them narrow down the amount of words that need to be memorized.
SAT & ACT Test Prep Classes
Young Scholars Circle offers Comprehensive Test Prep Courses designed to help students prepare for this important test. We offer a variety of practice tests on both individual subjects as well as full tests that include every subject covered on the SAT and ACT. Our Test Prep Classes have helped numerous students achieve high test scores.
If you are a high school student, or the parent of a high school student, it’s crucial that you begin preparing for the SAT and ACT well in advance. Please visit https://youngscholarscircle.com/new-courses/sat-comprehensive-class/ for the dates and times of our SAT Test Prep Courses.
National Merit Scholarship Boosts College Credentials
Every October of each year, about 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools enter the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which serves as an initial screen of program entrants. The National Merit Scholarship Competition (NMSC) uses Selection Index Scores calculated by doubling the sum of the Math, Reading, Writing and Language scores to determine 50,000 high scoring participants who qualify for program recognition. This year, the NMSC announced that the cut off score for the class of 2018 is 211.
NMSC Commended Students
Out of 1.5 million entrants, only 50,000 are considered high scorers, from which only 34,000 are commended and receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of outstanding academic promise but they will not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarship. However, Commended Students are qualified candidates for Special Scholarships, offered by businesses and corporations.
Out of the 34,000 Commended Students, about 16,000 students, representing less than 1% of the nations high school graduating seniors, will qualify as Semifinalists. Last year, the Selection Index (SI) for Virginia was 221, and 219 for New York. It is predicted that the SI will increase up by approximately 2 points this year.
A Semifinalist must fulfill several additional requirements and advance to the Finalist level of the competition before being considered for a National Merit Scholarship. Approximately 90% (about 15,000) of the Semifinalists are expected to become Finalists and receive a Certificate of Merit attesting to their distinguished performance in the competition.
From Commendation to Finalists, these are all great credentials when you apply for top colleges and universities. Plan ahead and be strategic.
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By Krishna Belino Cart