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How to Get Rewarded for Your Scores

The PSAT is not required for all students, but it should be considering the opportunities it offers. Every year, over 1.5 million students take the PSAT, which qualifies them for the National Merit Scholarship. The National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP) awards nearly $35 million in scholarships to rising college students every year. There are only […]

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What’s a Good SAT Score?

The straight answer is: it depends. It depends on where you want to go (or who you want to impress). According to the College Board’s table of 2013 SAT percentiles, the median SAT score for college-bound seniors was around 1500 combined. So maybe a ‘good SAT score’ is anything over that mark: you’ll be better […]

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Your Test and Your Confidence

To succeed on standardized tests, you need a certain level of confidence. This is true of most pursuits, but standardized testing is such a stressful and anxiety-producing venture that confidence in your abilities will make or break your score. Most students know the feeling of mid-test anxiety: you begin to worry about that answer that […]

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Approaching Test Day

Test day is tough, whatever the test. At least as important, though, is the time leading up to the big day. The right approach can make all the difference. 1) Take a break. Two or three days before your test date, give yourself a break and stop studying. Not only does cramming not work, but […]

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Why The PSAT/NMSQT Matters

The PSAT is a standardized test that can provide hands on practice for the SAT.  In order to be considered for the prestigious National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, you need to take the PSAT.  The PSAT carries no bearing towards college admissions, unless you earn top scores.  For those who think the scholarship is too […]

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Why does the PSAT matter?

Many students make the mistake of taking the PSAT for granted.  However, the PSAT gives students a quantitative measure on how well they could do on their SAT and how much more they have to prepare for the SAT.  So, at Top Test Prep, we urge all of our students to prepare for this exam […]

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