Jane in NC Posted August 27, 2008 Share Posted August 27, 2008 Let's see if I have this straight. The prep recommendations for the PSAT that have been floated previously include SAT prep books, the College Board question of the day and online free programs like number2.com (SAT prep). For those who are wondering, the PSAT is always administered in October. One does not register through the College Board but at a local school (public or private). The PSAT can be taken before 11th grade, but it only counts for National Merit Scholarships in 11th. Regarding National Merit Scholarships: Could we flesh out this subject? If a student taking the PSAT in 11th has a sufficiently high score in his state, he is recognized by the National Merit people. The student could be "commended" or a "semifinalist". Question: when a student is recognized by the National Merit program, does he know immediately whether he is commended or a semi-finalist? The move from semi-finalist to finalist relies on an SAT score and an application. What is on the application? Are students writing essays for the National Merit? Students specify a single college (say College A) on their National Merit applications. If they change their mind about College A, would any National Merit funds be transferable? Even if your student did not specify College A on his application, did his college recognize and reward his National Merit status? Now that my son is taking the PSAT "for real" in October, I am trying to see how National Merit could fit into the picture. It just seems to me, though, that students who are torn between a couple of schools (because of their programs or financial aid packages) may not be able to capitalize on National Merit--or do I have this wrong? As always, I thank you for sharing your wisdom. Jane P.S. Please correct any misconceptions that I may have! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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