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Private In-Home and Online PSAT Tutoring in Cambridge, MA

Receive personally tailored PSAT lessons from exceptional tutors in a one-on-one setting. We help you connect with in-home and online tutoring that offers flexible scheduling and your choice of locations.

How can a tutor help you master the PSAT?

For many students, the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is the most challenging standardized exam they have yet to face. Even before that comes the Preliminary SAT, or PSAT, which serves as a practice exam. Despite its name, though, the test has a lot riding on it. In some cases, your child's score can be used toward a scholarship for college. Reaching a top score can be challenging. Varsity Tutors' experienced educational directors are happy to try to help your student in Cambridge, MA, connect with a qualified PSAT tutor who might help them work towards their goals.

The PSAT, also called the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT), is taken by 10th or 11th graders, who can score up to 1520. The PSAT 10, taken in 10th grade, is not used for scholarship purposes, and the PSAT 8/ 9 serves as a baseline for the progress your student is making. Your child can score as high as 1440 on this version. Each test is 2 hours, 45 minutes, further presenting a challenge. Your child must not only know the material, but be ready for the format and length. There's a lot to cover in preparing for the PSAT, so it's important to get started ahead of time. Call our educational directors in Cambridge today to get your child started in PSAT tutoring.

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PSAT Tutoring review by Gretchen in Cambridge, MA
Today we reviewed and discussed the incorrect answers from her homework (diagnostic test section 2 - math). We began discussing strategies to use in the math sections and went through different examples using each strategy. We also completed going through the sentence completion strategies and example questions. The student also completed the diagnostic test section 5 - writing skills to see her weak and strong points in this section. We discussed all wrong/omitted questions from this section. Based on the diagnostic test, we will focus a lot on strategies for the sentence errors and improving sentences sections. Next week, we will focus solely on writing skills and mathematics.
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PSAT Tutoring review by Steve in Cambridge, MA
We went over a diagnostic test from the student's book. He has good critical reading and comprehension skills. We also went over math.
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PSAT Tutoring review by Jenny Bingling in Cambridge, MA
We went over the writing section and talked about grammar rules, and what to especially pay attention to, such as parallelism and subject-verb agreement. She did well with most of the writing section. We also went over some vocabulary in the critical reading section, and some of the math section. It seemed that she was a bit unsure about geometry, so I clarified some concepts and told her some tips and refreshed her memory. I told her to do a PSAT test today or tomorrow and time herself. Overall, I think she is ready for the test and seems to take interest in learning new words and is very motivated to learn. Best of luck on her PSAT!
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PSAT Tutoring review by Michael in Cambridge, MA
We covered the PSAT today; we started off with the overall context of the 10th grade practice PSAT with the actual PSAT and eventual SAT, we did an overview of the critical reading, math, and writing sections, we talked about the scoring system and the process of guessing, and then we went through sample problems and concepts. We focused more on the reading and writing sections, identifying different types of questions (e.g. passage based vs. vocab vs. identifying errors), and then went through some sample problems from the database of questions. Afterwards, we covered the MC vs. grid questions in the mathematics section and talked about some of the common concepts tested. The student will take the practice PSAT during the next week, and will eventually use the experience to prepare for the actual PSAT and SAT later. I recommended a test prep book as a potential future resource.
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PSAT Tutoring review by Hillary in Cambridge, MA
We spent this session going over a variety of polynomial problems. I identified system of equations as a topic we will need to work on more. We went through a couple of types, and her issue seemed to be knowing how to progress through the steps. This will be a focus of part or all of our next session. We also went over how polynomials work when adding and dividing and how to simplify them. She picked up this material quickly.
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PSAT Tutoring review by Sabra in Cambridge, MA
Concepts covered today include midpoint, distance, multiplying with exponents, and rational expressions. The area in which the student needed help the most was with linear equations. We worked on finding the slope of a line given two points, and converting an equation into slope-intercept form. We also went over finding the slope/ equation of a line that is perpendicular to another line. She is doing better with these concepts, and we will continue to work on them until she has them down completely because they will appear on both the SAT and ACT tests (as well as re-surfacing in algebra II next year).
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