The Knowsys PSAT National merit potentials curriculum


The Knowsys PSAT curriculum is completely up-to-date and pairs with the 2019-2020 SAT Official Guide. You're going to love it.  

Focus of the PSAT National Merit Potentials Course:

The Knowsys PSAT-SAT National Merit Potentials Course is specifically designed for students with a high 10th grade PSAT score. The goal is to help those top-level students achieve National Merit Commended and higher levels of recognition on the PSAT and maximize their SAT score. Districts that emphasize the ACT can add the ACT into the National Merit course to make our “Total Prep” course that includes PSAT, SAT, and ACT for your highest-potential students.

Knowsys PSAT Prep Pedagogy, Strategies, and Methods:

The Knowsys National Merit Potentials Course is designed to enable high-scoring students to maximize their scores. The course focuses on the concepts frequently missed by high-scoring students and the questions that the College Board designates as Medium and Hard (on an Easy-Medium-Hard scale). The Knowsys course is efficient because we design the course based on our 22 years of experience working with top-scoring students. Students find themselves challenged and propelled to the next level in Math, Critical Reading, Grammar, and SAT vocabulary. Following the PSAT in October of the students’ Junior year, the course switches gears to focus on the SAT: scoring, timing, and the essay. The goal is to keep the momentum rolling and enable students to maximize their SAT scores as well. An ACT component can be added at the end for districts that emphasize the ACT exam.

The Full PSAT Course:

The most complete SAT Prep option, the SAT Course is 40+ hours long and integrates the use of the Knowsys SAT Workbook, The Official SAT Study Guide, and the College Board Khan Academy Online SAT Prep materials. Students take 2 diagnostic exams, one at the beginning and one toward the end, to gauge progress. Students receive Personalized Score Reports detailing their strengths and areas of opportunity. All areas of the exam are covered thoroughly. For shorter courses, contact us to discuss the best curriculum options.

Target Students for the National Merit Potentials PSAT Course:

The class is designed for the students who scored the highest on their 10th-grade PSAT exam and have the potential of scoring at the level to become a National Merit Scholar, National Merit Finalist, National Merit Semifinalist, National Merit Commended Student, or National Hispanic Achievement Student

The National Merit Potentials PSAT Course Timeline:

  • An invitation-only information session in April of the Sophomore year

  • Summer PSAT Boot Camp Course

  • Fall PSAT Course (weekly)

  • Followed by 2 SAT Course sessions (focus: SAT essay)

  • Followed by 3 ACT Course sessions (focus: Unique ACT elements) - optional component for “Total Prep”

The PSAT Workshops:

The PSAT Workshops offer more limited preparation and can be general (the PSAT Overview Workshop) or targeted by test section. Each workshop is designed for up to 6 hours and is independent of the other Workshops. The following 6-hour Workshops are available for the PSAT:

  • PSAT Overview: touches on all sections of the exam briefly

  • PSAT Verbal: focuses on the SAT Reading and Grammar sections

  • PSAT Math: focuses on the SAT Math section

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