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PSAT/NMSQT Preparation Books

A Note on PSAT/NMSQT Books

The PSAT, or PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is jointly owned by the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. It is normally administered to high school sophomores and juniors although younger students are sometimes invited to sit for it. The two main advantages to taking the PSAT are the practice and exposure for the SAT as well as the opportunity to earn scholarship money.

We do encourage students to take this test seriously and consider it a headstart on the SAT

For quick reference, here are links to related books we have reviewed:

Book Reviews

Barron's NEW PSAT/NMSQT with CD-ROM, 18th Edition by Ira Wolf, Sharon Green and Brian Stewart

Buy this book from Amazon.com

The PSAT is changing to a new format and, quite simply, there isn't much in terms of selection. We believe this book is going to be helpful, but we haven't received much direct feedback as yet. Two full-length practice tests are included.

Kaplan 2017 PSAT/NMSQT Strategies

kaplan psat Buy this book from Amazon.com

Purchasers of the Kaplan guide will find 2 full-length practice tests (one is in the book and the other is online) along with online resources and the Kaplan strategies many of us are so familiar with.

Movie Themed Books for Vocabulary Building

Surprisingly, a technique that has worked very well for many of our clients has been leveraging their acquired movie trivia knowledge to help build their vocabularies. Even though all of these books are over 5 years old, we still find high schoolers are familiar with the "classics." If you think this might make vocabulary building more palatable, we encourage you to look at the following books:

Defining Twilight by Brian Leaf

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This verbal prep book for the SAT and ACT bases vocabulary lessons on some of the more difficult words from the popular novel Twilight. Lists of words refer back to sentences in the novel, so readers can see the word in context. This would be a fun and painless way to learn some essential vocabulary for fans of the book. I wouldn't, however, use it as the only book to prepare for the verbal sections of these tests. Stephanie Meyer has a good command of the English language, but there's no guarantee she used every word you might need to learn.

Name That Movie! (Comedy and Action) by Brian Leaf

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If you are a fan of comedy and action movies, this book can help you boost your vocabulary skills while helping you recall famous scenes and lines. The author also ties actors' debuts in to the trivia as well.

Name That Movie! (Romantic Comedy and Drama) by Brian Leaf

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If you are a fan of romantic comedy and drama movies, this book can help you boost your vocabulary skills while helping you recall famous scenes and lines. The author also ties actors' debuts in to the trivia as well.

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