Written By: Piper Penney

Recently, MAST students Pia Nair, Gabriel Fabre, Victoria Hijon, and Ana Roldan received the ranking of semifinalist for the National Merit Scholarship. The prestigious award is given to 11th grade students whose PSAT scores are in the top percentile in the nation. According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, only about 16,000 out of the 50,000 top scorers are semifinalists. Around 1.6 million juniors take the exam each year, meaning that only about 1% of students qualify for the award. Pia Nair gives this advice to juniors trying to qualify for the program: “Just do a lot of practice tests and then you’ll probably do well. Amuni Beck really helped me.” Another scholar, Ana Roldan, says “Taking a practice test is really helpful to get the timing down. My score increased by 70 points from the practice to the actual test. Also, make sure to get enough rest the night before so you’re at your best!”

“I used the practice PSAT exams the school gave me and Khanacademy.org, which you can use to link your College Board account and practice everything you missed on past SAT or PSAT exams” Gabriel Fabre said.

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