national merit scholar

We get up to some fun!

Last week we got to make a trip to Cambridge/Harvard Business School - for a wonderful opportunity to talk with some really kind folks about what we are doing here in greater JAX! And because we were without kids - it was also a date! Thank you to everyone who has been so supported of us! We so appreciate it! It has been quite a journey!

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The June 2019 ACT English Test

All grammar (including punctuation) and editing paragraphs questions both were presented in the usual ways and at similar frequency as previous tests.

Editing sentences - which normally appear on average in 13 questions (December 2018 we had 20 questions) - appeared in but 7 questions on June ACT.

As we gear up for the test this weekend - is seems that a focus on Punctuation continues to pay off!

The June 2019 ACT Reading Test

Here’s what we saw: a lot of normal!

  • Questions that ask about a detail in a passage you have to search for — 19 questions. The average on all publicly available tests is …. 19 (April 2019 had 17).

  • Questions that ask about a detail in the passage and give a line reference — 9. The average on all publicly availably tests is … 10 (April 2019 had 13).

  • Questions that ask about the passage as a whole — 9 questions. The average on all publicly available tests is … 8 (April 2019 had 13).

  • Questions that ask about vocab — 2 questions. The average on all publicly available test is … 3 (April 2019 had 3).

All in all the test had no major surprises! Let’s hope the July is similar!

What it takes to get National Merit Scholarship

For the last two years, 1470 on the PSAT has been enough to get NMS in Florida, meaning top 1% PSAT scores.

The actual number associated with national merit is a composite of the 3 (Reading, Writing, and Math) sub scores (out of 40) x 2. This means each section counts equally - whereas for your PSAT score - Math is given the same weight as a combined Reading and Writing score.

In short - for National Merit - Verbal (reading & writing) counts for 2/3 of your score!

E.g. Reading 38 + Writing 37 + Math 37 = 112 x 2 =224

So the actual cut off number is usually in 216-219 range for Florida.