18 Oct PSAT Wednesday October 19
On Wednesday, October 19, our 9th-11th graders will take the PSAT/NMSQT. The first part of the acronym simply signifies that it is a preliminary SAT. The second part denotes its use as a qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship program. This program allows for juniors to qualify for organization and college-sponsored scholarships that start as low as $2000 and can yield upwards of five years of full tuition at a number of public institutions (including the University of Alabama and the University of Oklahoma, which have the largest percentage of National Merit Scholars in the country).
What does this mean for YSC Academy? For our juniors, it has the potential for future scholarship money. They have all been doing test prep with Craig Miller twice a week, and they will see much of that material on Wednesday’s test. We should stress that this is an official test, not just a practice test, and we hope you’ll join us in stressing its importance to our students. For our freshmen and sophomores, it is a chance to familiarize themselves with a test that could have a significant payoff down the road. In the same way that our students practice and train, this too is another opportunity to practice and train for something with high stakes. The more comfortable our boys feel with this test, the more likely they are to experience reduced anxiety and increased confidence when they take it as juniors.
The test will take place from 10:00am-1:00pm (they will have lunch shortly thereafter). We have plans in place for our seniors and PG students, as well as our 8th graders, in order to use the day effectively. The test will not affect their training schedule in any way.