Thursday, April 1, 2010

The College Board Is Your Friend

I was just exploring the College Board site and discovered grade-geared newsletters for parents.

While on the site, I also signed up for the SAT question of the day, found on the newsletter sign-up page. My responses to these questions will reflect badly, I am sure, on my glory days of high verbal scores. And let's not even think about how much lower my low math scores have sunk. Still, it's a good step to take; we will make it a family experience as we discuss our answers at dinner.

There is also a question of the day for ACTs, too.

These questions will offer a touch of reality that will, I hope, make us more understanding of what our teen faces.


  1. Regarding the PSAT exam, we just found out our son is recognized in the National Merit Scholarship Program. In April, 50,000 students are notified annually that they have made the first cut.

    Our son can name 2 colleges to which these scores can be sent. What does this actually mean? Will he have a chance at a merit scholarship? Will he have a greater chance at acceptance at these schools?

    Thank you.

  2. Carolyn, here's the response from a guidance counselor. Hope this helps!

    The parent proposed a great question that is asked frequently. The National Merit Scholarship Program is a great honor for students.

    1. This is something that would look very good on a resume(that will be sent to colleges).

    2. It places them into a pool of kids that have the possibility of getting money for school, from this organization.

    3. All colleges will see PSAT scores, but these scores have nothing to do with admissions(SAT/SAT2 or ACT do).

    4. Colleges look at the scores to get an early mailing list of students who may qualify to go to their school.

    5. Being a recipient will not have anything to do directly with admissions .

    6. Being a recipient will not have anything to do with financial aid either.