Townsend Test Prep

The Test Preparation Specialists

For over 15 years, Townsend Test Prep Has offered preparation for the PSAT / Merit Scholar Qualifying Test.  Many of our former students have become Merit Finalists and received full or large partial scholarships to excellent colleges.   

Our Merit Scholar Program strives to achieve maximum results for the upper 5% of students. We combine our proven test preparation with a new format to make a very special course for very special students.  In the six years we have offered this format, nearly 80% of our students have reached at least National Merit Scholar Commended Student!  Some students have raised their Selection Index by as much as 42 points!  To help prove our success -- most of our students now come as a result of referrals from counselors or previous students!

The PSAT IS NOT just practice. The real name of this test is the PSAT/NMSQT - (The Pre-SAT or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.)  For the best students, it can be more important than the SAT because many scholarships are dependent on it.  The PSAT is the sole determining factor for becoming a National Merit Semi-finalist (90% of these students become Finalists). Finalists are eligible for full scholarships at many colleges; they are virtually guaranteed admission to most very selective colleges; they are often recruited for college honors programs.

PSAT Merit Scholar Program

Sophomores who meet the requirements for the course will meet individually with a Townsend instructor four times in the spring or summer. During the meetings, students will be evaluated, taught Townsend PSAT strategies, and be given a course of self-study.  In the fall, the students will meet four times in small group classes to review and finish their preparation for the PSAT.  They will also prepare for the ACT and SAT to be ready for those tests anytime during their junior year.  Many students will be done with college testing by January.