If you don't know those stand for Early Decision, Early Action, Expected Family Contribution, and Preliminary SAT
(which used to stand for Scholastic Aptitude Test, but now is an empty acronym)/National Merit Scholar Qualifying Test, you've got some brushing up to do.
Some improvement may be attributed to the state paying for every student to take the preliminary SAT
, or PSAT, which costs about $700,000, and letting some students take it during the school week, which excluded some children who couldn't get to school on Saturdays--the normal testing day, according to Charlotte Robinson, program manager for the AP, SAT and PSAT for the Department of Education.
5 million students who entered the 2015 competition by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT
National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
The National Merit semifinalists scored among the top 1 percent of the 2012 Preliminary SAT
, which serves as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
Based on their performance on a Preliminary SAT
test last year, the three Glendale students were selected as semifinalists in the Illinois- based National Merit Scholarship Corp.
They also had to take the Preliminary SAT
, finish two four-week summer school-style study sessions during high school and tour universities.
By doing exceptionally well on the SAT & Preliminary SAT
(PSAT) exams, students can earn huge scholarships, including a full-ride.
Lisa Haley, assistant principal at Thurston, said a new requirement that all sophomores take the Preliminary SAT
(PSAT) exam - a precursor to the SAT - should help boost participation among future graduating classes.
5 million juniors became eligible for the program by taking the Preliminary SAT
The students became semifinalists by scoring exceptionally well on the Preliminary SAT
examination, or PSAT.
Montoya says students should prepare for the test as early as possible and take the preliminary SAT
, known as the PSAT/NMSQT, during their sophomore or junior year.
Nadia Ferdowsi, 17, of Canyon Country was selected as one of 3,000 Latino students across the nation to be recognized by The College Board for their academic achievements in the Preliminary SAT