Grading structure of the PSAT Your PSAT results consist of three sections (Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing), each worth 20-80 points, for a maximum mark of 240. There are two key reasons to sit for the PSAT: to prepare for the SAT, and to potentially rank well enough for the National Merit Scholarship. Your official score report includes further instructions for the National Merit Scholarship application process, as well as your ranking. While the necessary result varies from year to year, the selection index score (the sum of all three sections) for the National Merit Scholarship is roughly 200. Keep in mind that only a very select ... Read More About When Do PSAT Scores Come Out?
The following piece was written by Liz Perelstein. Liz has been featured in our Admissions Expert series and is the Founder of School Choice International. As we anticipate the spring, you may be evaluating your child's progress during the past year and deciding what kind of school would serve your child best in the coming years. The options can be overwhelming: Public Schools Local public schools Specialized public schools Private Schools Independent schools Parochial schools Boarding schools Distance learning schools Specialized private schools (which may include: international schools, special education schools, an ... Read More About How to Evaluate a School for Your Child
The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Shana is a Denver tutor specializing in Spanish, Literature, Anthropology, and more. She graduated from Smith College in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Government. Check out her review of her alma mater: VT: Describe the campus setting and transportation options. How urban or safe is the campus? Are there buses or do you need a car/bike? Shana: The first thing I loved about Smith College was the campus. It has many old brick buildings with ivy and Victorian homes, a stunning lake, and the campus is a five-minut ... Read More About Should I Go To Smith College?
The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Cassandra is a San Diego tutor specializing in History, Essay Editing, Pre-Algebra, and more. She graduated from San Diego State University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies. Check out her review of her school: VT: Describe the campus setting and transportation options. How urban or safe is the campus? Are there buses or do you need a car/bike? Cassandra: San Diego State University is an urban campus in central San Diego. It has great transportation options with buses and the trolley. ... Read More About What is it Like to Attend San Diego State University?
For graduate school applicants, the GRE looms as large as the SAT does for high school students, but each institution (and grad school program) has its own criteria for comparing results. Some institutions look for an overall good score while others put more weight on one specific section of the exam. Some programs will accept just about any GRE score; other programs do not require the test at all (though those programs are in the minority). With such a wide range of GRE requirements out there, just how important is GRE prep? GRE prep, and the great score it can help achieve, is very important to the chances of gaining acceptance to the ... Read More About How Important is GRE Prep?