NEWSLETTER – Edition 50


In October, pretty much every high school junior in the nation took the PSAT. Scores were released last week, and now many are wondering what’s next. 

First, take a few moments to understand how the PSAT is scored. 760 is the maximum score for the Reading/Writing section as well as the Math section.  In addition to your overall score, the report tells if you’re on track to handle college-level work (look for the green checkmark or yellow exclamation point). The answer key lets you know which questions you missed, and the level of difficulty for each of those questions. 

Second, find your Nation Merit Index number. A small percentage of juniors will achieve the cut-off for recognition as Commended or Semi Finalist status. In Oklahoma, the past few years have had this number trending around 210/211 – but we won’t know for certain until Fall 2022. If you’re at that threshold or above, stay tuned!

Third, use the PSAT to determine how well you might perform on the SAT. While 70% of the knowledge points between the SAT and ACT are similar, the overall approach between the two is very different. Decide which one might be best suited for you, and make a plan for testing in the Spring of 2022. 

The in’s-and-out’s of standardized testing can be confusing. Plus, so much has changed over the last couple of years. With ‘test optional’ policies, is taking a standardized test even necessary? I am here to help you and your student decide on the best plan of action. No two students are alike, and my approach to college admissions reflects that. I am definitely here to help you through every step of the process! And that is just one of the reasons I am committed to sharing with you each week through my newsletter. Here you’ll find the latest news from colleges, a resource you may have missed, and a glimpse at what I’m doing at SCOUT to help students find and fund their ideal college experiences. Thanks for joining me!



Do test scores matter for merit aid? At some colleges, the answer is definitely YES! Certainly, there are a number of colleges that automatically award scholarship dollars to students based on a combination of grades and standardized test scores. To learn more, check out a recent blog post from Applerouth. Find it HERE


Does all this talk about PSAT have you wondering about the National Merit program? There’s a dedicated website for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. In addition, look for information on The College Board National Recognition Programs – which are designed to create pathways to college for underrepresented students. Recognition includes students from rural and small towns, and various race and ethnicity categories such as African American or Black, Hispanic American, Latinx, Native American, Alaska Native, and/or Native Hawaiian.  Find the website HERE


FRESHMEN & SOPHOMORES: Need some help navigating the high school journey? I’m here to help you build academic, personal development, and extracurricular strategies in an effort to achieve college and life goals. Plus, this is the perfect time to identify scholarships, internships, and summer programs. My goal is to help you plan for a variety of aspects so that you are positioned to make the most of high school opportunities and then poised to find and fund your ideal college experience. If you want to learn more, use the button below to set-up a no-cost / no-obligation call with me.

JUNIORS: Has that PSAT score got you thinking about college admissions? Now is actually the perfect time to start making some key decisions about your college future. I would love to help you focus on the things that matter. Let’s ensure that you take advantage of the opportunities that will enable you to shine next fall. Use the button below to connect with me and let’s make a plan together!              

SENIORS: One last time in 2021, I’ll ask if you need help reaching the finish line with your college applications. If so, give me a call! My goal is to help you find and fund the ideal college experience! There’s no time like the present. Just click the button below to connect with me and let’s get started today!

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