PSAT Tutoring and Test Prep in Phoenix, AZ
The PSAT is not used for college admissions decisions, but if you are named as a national merit scholar, many colleges offer full or nearly full scholarships.
If you are a student at any Phoenix-area high school who is looking forward to college, you have likely heard that you should take the PSAT/NMSQT. It is important that you take this test by your junior year of high school and that you score well on it. This test is much more than a simple practice test for the SAT. The PSAT deserves your attention and preparation because it can lead to scholarships. By getting help from an expert PSAT tutor from Going Ivy, you may improve your score and your chances of winning scholarships as a result.
Why Choose Going Ivy for PSAT Tutoring?
The team at Going Ivy includes world-class tutors, admissions counselors and educational experts who are graduates of Brophy and Xavier College Prep. Our PSAT tutors and counselors have helped numerous students from the many public, private and charter high schools in the Valley with their test preparation, tutoring and college admissions needs. We have had many students who have achieved standardized test scores in the top percentiles and who have gone on to attend the most elite schools in the country. Our PSAT tutors understand the strategies that you can use to prepare for the PSAT so that you can get the best score possible. Excellent communicators, the tutors at Going Ivy know how to design lesson plans that are individualized for your needs and to explain complex material in a way that is easily understood.
Why PSAT Tutoring is Important
The PSAT/NMSQT is much more than a preliminary or practice test for the SAT. While it certainly can help by familiarizing you with the type of questions and format of the SAT, it is also important for other reasons. Many students ignore the NMSQT acronym that follows the PSAT, but they shouldn’t. These letters stand for National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test because the test is used to determine who will be named as national merit scholar semifinalists and as national merit scholars. In order to be named as a national merit scholar semifinalist, students must attain a minimum threshold score that is established for their states. The threshold score is set after the test according to the scores of other students who also take the test at the same time as you in Arizona. Students who meet the minimum threshold may receive letters of commendation or be named as semifinalists. The semifinalists are the highest-scoring students in each state and are able to apply to be named as national merit scholars. Most semifinalists who apply for the designation as national merit scholars are accepted as long as they meet academic requirements as well.
An important caveat is that since most students fail to prepare for the PSAT, you may gain an edge by getting tutoring help to prepare for the test. The fact that you will be competing only against other students in Arizona instead of students nationwide means that your chances of meeting the state’s minimum threshold on your PSAT are fairly good with adequate preparation.
The PSAT also is good preparation for taking your ACT or PSAT because it is given under similar conditions as the actual standardized tests. It can also offer you a baseline score so that you can see the areas in which you might need additional help as you begin preparing for your admissions tests.
The PSAT is not used for college admissions decisions, and admissions committees will not see the scores or subscores. However, if you are named as a national merit scholar, many colleges will be impressed and offer full or nearly full scholarships. Corporations also have scholarships available to national merit scholars who meet their eligibility guidelines.
The Going Ivy Difference
There are several reasons why Going Ivy is better than our competitors. We use a focused, results-driven approach that is holistic, taking into account your personality, learning style, strengths and needs. After interviewing you to get to know you and your needs better, our tutors design lesson plans that are tailored for you. Many of our competitors offer generic tutoring and cookie-cutter approaches meant to work for the masses. Students who choose them may meet in large tutoring classes at which the tutors teach to the lowest common denominator. If you are waiting for others to catch up, you are not learning during that time. At Going Ivy, we have found that our students do best with the kind of one-on-one help that our PSAT tutors offer.
We have world-class tutors who are available to meet you at your preferred location. You can also choose to come into our Phoenix headquarters to take practice tests under similar conditions to the actual PSAT. We have tutors who are embedded at Ivy League and other exclusive colleges who are available to you by video conferencing. This can also allow you to get an idea of what life is like at an exclusive institution. Because we understand how busy high school students often are, we are flexible when scheduling with you. We are also highly vested in your success and are available to you 24 hours a day and seven days a week via telephone, email or text message.
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At Going Ivy, we are dedicated to helping you achieve your personal best and igniting your motivation to achieve your goals. We work with students at all levels and from all backgrounds. Our goal is to watch you improve and see the answers “click” for you while helping to propel you forward along your individual path. Our caring tutors want to see you succeed and are willing to take the time with you that you need. Call us today to schedule your free consultation to learn more about how we can help.
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