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1/8/2012 10:20:53 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
You read that right. There is a course at my school that specifically teaches the PSAT/NMSQT. I honestly don't know whether to take it or not.

PROs: Obviously, if one scores high enough on the PSAT, then one becomes a National Merit Semifinalist or a National Merit Finalist, then I have a much better shot at getting into the college that I want. And, before you object, I think that there is a better than average chance of me being a National Merit Semifinalist. I have a rather good score for a freshman (I'm not certain, but it's probably in the 1650-1700 range) and this class will certainly help increase the score.

CONs: What's in this class is probably not already in a book someplace. Also, this class takes two semesters to complete in a block schedule (my school is in the block schedule format, FYI), so I could use the time that would be ordinarily spent in that class in two different classes that could help me out in the real world. In addition, I have heard that there is not a lot of learning in that class, which is a turnoff for me. I would rather have a class with a strict teacher teaching me something than a class devoted to watching movies.

So, should I take it?
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1/8/2012 10:48:11 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
I say no. The cons outweigh the pros.

Also, block scheduling sucks.
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1/8/2012 11:00:58 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
I wouldn't take it. Although if you feel that it can give you the final push in becoming a merit scholar, do it. That will save your family literally thousands of dollars.

I missed merit scholar :( but I did pretty well!
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1/8/2012 11:57:46 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
From my personal experiences, I suggest after-class studies; I can't really study for the PSAT/SAT effectively but often need after-class (Saturday). I find just repetively going over packets of SAT questions with some studying in free time and sporadic mid-term and final exams very effective and they have improved my SAT/PSAT scores far more than had I just practiced with my books at home, alone.
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