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Embracing the Promising Future!

The Big Apple Academy’s students unraveled their full  arsenal of knowledge for the PSAT scrimmage 2015.  Their scores outperformed even our highest expectations!  An average score demonstrated by our 8th graders is 180 points higher than an average result exhibited by 11th graders nationwide.  It is pertinent to remark upon an astute observation made by our Math teachers and 8th graders alike. Educators and students  pointed out that the format of the 2015 test significantly differed from the tests of the previous years.  The level of difficulty of the PSAT tests of 2015 in Math and English was substantially higher, which did not prevent the Big Apple Academy’s 8th grade students from stunning the nation with their exemplary results!

 95% of our students scored higher than the Benchmark Level of preparedness in Math and English required for pursuing degrees in our nation’s best colleges and universities! We applaud our students’ academic success! The administration and teachers of the Big Apple Academy genuinely extend their warm congratulations to our 8th graders
and their families!

What this means is that the level of knowledge and academic skills with which our students graduate from the middle school is equivalent to a high school student in the sophomore and junior year of studies.  We are proud of our learners and congratulate them with the achievement of such success!

What is PSAT?

The PSAT is a nationwide, multiple-choice test taken by about 3.4 million high school students every year–mostly sophomores and juniors. A great primer for the SAT and even the ACT, the PSAT includes math, evidence-based reading and writing questions. The PSAT doesn’t count towards college admissions. However, it is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarships. That means that the highest scoring students may win scholarship money. In short, the PSAT is a student’s first official step on the road to college.

Taking PSAT in Eighth Grade?

The Big Apple Academy offers students the accelerated and diversified curriculum in Mathematics that facilitates their intellectual growth, expands individual interests, and promotes students’ scholastic achievements. Ascending the academic ladder from one grade level to another right until the middle school, our students accumulate a great deal of knowledge that allows them to meet challenges of all types of testing. Therefore, our eight graders confidently participate in the PSAT exam each year. This experience brings many academic benefits to students and teachers. Students become familiar with the test format and receive feedback on their strengths and weaknesses reflecting on skills necessary for college study. They can, then, focus their preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.

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