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Qualifying PSAT Scores for

National Merit Semi Finalists


Scores have been released for the class of 2018. 

Click here to see the qualifying scores by state.



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October, 2017

A few years ago, when I first got the idea to write a book, I got excited and wrote the book proposal and a chapter and then put it aside. Each day I thought I would come back to it, but instead I procrastinated and told myself I would work on it the following week. Of course I didn't! But then I signed a contract with a publisher and had no choice but to get down to business. I set aside an hour each morning and wrote without interruption. Knowing I could stop after an hour somehow made the process less imposing. Before I knew it I had finished the manuscript.


Applying to college is the same; delving into the Common and Coalition Applications, supplemental essays, requesting letters of recommendation, transcripts and sending test scores, can seem daunting.  And it is. But there is only one way around it-just get started:

  • Dedicate a focused 30-45 minutes per day on college related stuff, e.g. essays, filling out applications, requesting transcripts, sending test scores, writing supplements, etc. 
  • Set an achievable goal each day and check it off your list.
  • Turn off Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, SnapChat, Instagram, texting, etc. during that time. 

Then take a step back and admire what you've accomplished!


Matching Naviance to the Common Application



Below is a video which highlights the 5 step process matching Naviance with the Common Application.

Tutorial to help You Match Naviance with the Common Application 

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Standardized Testing

  • Is it better to take the SAT or the ACT?
  • Do I have to report all of my scores?
  • Will I be penalized for taking the ACT or SAT multiple times?
  • Do schools superscore the ACT?
  • Do schools consider non-required test results, such as SAT Subject Tests and AP Exams? 
  • What if I change my mind about which SAT subject tests to take after I register?



Sending your Official Test Scores

You must send official test scores to colleges before your application is considered complete. Most schools allow leeway for the scores arriving after your application has been submitted, but some, such as The University of Michigan require that everything be in the office by the deadline. Therefore, we recommend sending test scores at least
4 week prior to the deadline.


Below are videos showing how to do it.

Sending Your ACTs to Colleges

Sending your SATs to Colleges

As always, if you have any questions feel free to ask.


Seniors:  You are doing a great job, just keep up the momentum until applications are submitted.


Juniors:  We would like to meet after first marking period grades and PSAT scores are back to do a needs assessment and work on your preliminary lists.


Sophomores and Freshmen: Keep up your grades and decide which activities you want to delve deeper in.





Lisa, Beth and Abby
College Bound Mentor, LLC 

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