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Title: PSAT:


1
PSAT Your Score
Introduction to the PSAT
Prep smarter, score higherguaranteed or your
money back! 1-800-KAP-TEST kaptest.com/college
2
Agenda
  • Get to know the PSAT
  • Understanding Your PSAT Score Report Plus
  • What Comes Next?
  • College Prep Timeline
  • Class of 2017
  • Prep Smarter, Not Harder

3
But First Lets Say Hello!
  • Grade?
  • Math vs. Reading?
  • Dream school?

LukePowell
4
Lets Get to Know the PSAT
5
Why Does the PSAT Matter?
  • 1. Practice Run for the Real Thing

2. Get a Higher Score on the SAT
  • Students who took the PSAT scored, on average,
    136 points higher on SAT
  • 3. Scholarship Opportunities
  • National Merit Scholarship Program, Corporate
    Scholarships, National Achievement Program

,
  • College Board http//professionals.collegeboard
    .com/profdownload/psatnmsqt-fact-sheet.pdf

6
The PSAT at-a-glance
SECTION FORMAT / TIMING QUESTION TYPES SCORE 11th Grade 12 NATL AVGS



Math
Multiple Choice, Grid-Ins
48
Two Sections Two 25-min sections 38 Questions
20-80
Sentence Completion, Reading Comprehension
Critical Reading
Two Sections Two 25-min sections 48 Questions
49
20-80
Identifying Sentence Errors, Improving Sentences,
Improving Paragraphs
Writing
One Sections One 30-min section 39 questions
47
20-80
TOTAL
60-240
5 sections
2 hours and 10 minutes
(144 National Average)
7
The PSAT at-a-Glance
Understanding PSAT Scoring
Correct Answer 1 point
Omitted Question 0 points
Incorrect Answer (multiple choice) -1/4 point
Incorrect Answer (non-multiple choice math
questions) 0 points
Test Day Tip If you can eliminate 1
answer choice, guess!
8
PSAT Scoring
  • Heres how the PSAT is scored

Score Type Definition and Scale Average
Raw Score right ¼ of wrong N/A
Scaled Score Compares scores to other students
Selection Index Scaled scores added together
Percentile Percentage of students who received a lower score 1 99 50
47
20 - 80
141
60 240
  • 8

9
Understanding Your PSAT Score Report Plus
10
Snapshot
  • 4 Key Components of the PSAT Score Report Plus
  • Your Scores
  • Your Skills
  • Your Answers
  • Next Steps

11
Your Scores
Scaled Scores 2080 score on each section thats
calculated based off of your raw score
12
Your Scores
Score Range Shows how your score might vary if
you took the PSAT again without preparing anymore
13
Your Scores
Percentile How your performance compares to
other students who took the test the same day as
you did
14
Your Scores
Selection Index The sum of your scaled scores
and used to determine National Merit Scholarship
winners
15
Your Scores
Percentile How your performance compares to that
of college-bound juniors
16
Your Skills
  • Your performance on questions associated with
    specific skill categories
  • Sections for Critical Reading, Math, Writing
    skills
  • Displayed graphically to help visualize where you
    are strong and where you can improve

17
Your Answers
  • Details each of your answers on the test
    (multiple choice AND grid-ins)
  • Scoring key shows how your raw score can be
    calculated
  • See which questions you answered wrong and work
    through them for practice

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Grid - In
  • No Wrong Answer Penalty ALWAYS GUESS!
  • No answers are negative
  • Fill answers in at the top and bubble in the
    ovals
  • You may start your answer in any column, space
    permitting

19
Next Steps
  • Displays access code for your My QuickStart
    account
  • Offers information about college majors and
    programs based on the interest you marked on your
    exam

20
What Comes Next?
21
What does my score mean?

11th Grade PSAT Score Estimated 11th Grade Score Range Estimated 11th Grade Score Range Estimated 11th Grade Score Range
11th Grade PSAT Score SAT CR SAT Math SAT Writing
20-24 240 340 230 320 240 340
25-29 270 380 260 370 270 380
30-34 310 420 300 410 310 430
35-39 350 460 350 460 360 470
40-44 390 500 390 500 400 510
45-49 430 540 440 550 440 560
50-54 480 590 480 590 480 600
55-59 530 630 530 630 530 640
60-64 570 680 570 680 570 680
65-69 620 720 620 730 610 720
70-74 670 770 670 760 650 750
75-80 720 790 710 790 680 - 770
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Scholarships
  • A chance to qualify for scholarships! There are
    several scholarships that recognize high PSAT
    scores
  • The National Merit Scholarship Top ________
    scorers receive letters of commendation, and top
    _______ scorers can receive up to 2,500 per year
    toward college! Visit www.nationalmerit.org
  • National Hispanic Scholar Recognition Program
    Helps top Hispanic scorers gain financial aid.
  • National Achievement Scholarship Program Helps
    top Black American scorers gain aid.
  • National Scholarship Service www.nationalscholars
    hipservice.com
  • The Telluride Association www.tellurideassociatio
    n.org

50,000
8,500
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Scholarships
  • National Merit Program
  • To qualify for National Merit Scholarship you
    must
  • Be a full-time high school student
  • Be a junior and planning to enroll in college
    full-time
  • Complete grades 9-12 in four years
  • Around 50 million awarded each year
  • There is no one cut-off score.
  • Minimum scores for Semi-Finalists change every
    year and vary by state.
  • Semi-finalist scores ranged from 203 to 224
    (based on state) in 2013.
  • Source National Merit Scholarship Corporation,
    National Merit Scholarships

24
Key Differences PSAT vs. SAT
  • SAT has an essay portion
  • SAT is scored on a scale of 200-800
  • PSAT is shorter
  • No experimental section on the PSAT

25
PSAT vs SAT
PSAT PSAT SAT SAT
SECTION / TIMING SCORE SECTION / TIMING SCORE
Critical Reading Two 25-mins sections 20 - 80 Critical Reading Two 25-mins sections One 20-min section 200 - 800
Math Two 25-min sections 20 - 80 Math One 25-min section One 20-min section 200 - 800
Writing Skills One 30-min section 20 - 80 Writing One 25-min essay One 25-min section One 10-min section 200 800 Essay 0-12
Experimental N/A N/A Experimental One 25-min section Not Scored
Total 5 sections 2 hours and 10 minutes 20 - 80 Total 10 sections 3 hours and 45 minutes 600 - 2400
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The SAT at-a-glance
SECTION FORMAT / TIME QUESTION TYPES SCORE 12 NATL AVGS
Math 3 sections Two 25-minute One 20-minute 54 Questions 44 Multiple Choice 10 Grid-Ins 200 800 514
Critical Reading 3 sections Two 25-minute One 20-minute 67 Questions 19 Sentence Completions 48 Reading Comprehension 200 800 496
Writing 3 sections One 25-minute essay One 25-minute One 10-minute 49 Questions Essay 18 Identifying Sentence Errors 25 Improving Sentences 6 Improving Paragraphs 200 800 488
Writing 3 sections One 25-minute essay One 25-minute One 10-minute 49 Questions Essay 18 Identifying Sentence Errors 25 Improving Sentences 6 Improving Paragraphs Essay 0-12 Essay 7.2
Experimental 1 section One 25-minute essay Varies
Total 10 sections 4 hours, 5 minutes 160 Multiple Choice 10 Grid-Ins 1 Essay 600 2400 1496
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The ACT at-a-glance
SECTION FORMAT / TIME QUESTION TYPES SCORE 12 NATL AVGS
English 1 section 45 minutes Multiple Choice 75 Questions 1 36 20.5
Math 1 section 60 minutes Multiple Choice 60 Questions 1 36 21.0
Reading 1 section 35 minutes Multiple Choice 40 Questions 1 36 21.3
Science 1 section 35 minutes Multiple Choice 40 Questions 1 36 20.9
Writing 1 section 30 minutes Essay (Optional) 1 36 20.8
Writing 1 section 30 minutes Essay (Optional) 2 12 7.1
Total 4-5 sections 2 hours, 55 minutes3 hours, 25 minutes 215 Multiple Choice 1 Essay 1 36 21.0
28
College Prep Timeline
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College Prep Timeline
  • PSAT in October
  • Take AP and SAT Subject Tests after completing
    courses
  • Summer prep for PSAT
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Prep for AP/Honors

30
College Prep Timeline
  • PSAT in October for National Merit
  • Focus on academicsthis is the critical year!
  • Research admissions requirements for chosen
    schools
  • Prepare for SAT and/or ACT
  • Take required SAT Subject Tests
  • Take SAT and/or ACT for the last time
  • Take required SAT Subject Tests
  • Request letters of recommendation
  • Fill out FAFSA and research scholarships
  • Visit schools

31
Sophomores New PSAT SAT
  • You will see the New PSAT in the fall of 2015 and
    the New SAT in the spring of 2016.
  • How will the test be changing?
  • We will touch briefly on this here tonight.

32
New PSAT and SAT Key Difference from current
PSAT/SAT
  • The New SAT has a greater focus on History
    Social Studies passages
  • Will focus on Algebra and has a greater emphasis
    on Data Analysis Problem Solving
  • The New SAT requires more mental math, and will
    include a section without calculator
  • The New SAT has grid-in questions, and an
    extended thinking grid-in question
  • New PSAT structure will be aligned with the New
    SAT, and almost the same length

New PSAT?
New SAT?
What will be changing?
33
Test Change Timeline
ACT Enhanced Scoring Writing Test
SAT New Test Launches
College Board PSAT Sample Test
PSAT New Test Launches
SAT Last Current Test
SAT 2nd to Last Current Test
Kaplan New Suite of Practice Tests
Mar 2015 June 2015 Sept 2015 Oct
2015 Dec 2015 Jan 2016 Mar 2016
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Class of 2017 Test Paths
Student Profile Potential Test Path

Early Decision APs and Subject Tests Current SAT or ACT
Regular Decision ACT not an option New SAT
Great Test Taker Current SAT New SAT ACT
Anxious test taker Obvious strengths with one test Current SAT or New SAT or ACT
35
Prep Smarter, Not Harder
36
Its All About You!
  • Consider Your
  • Goals
  • Timeline
  • Schedule
  • Learning preference

37
Prep smarter, not harder
How do you learn best?
38
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  • Uses data to customize learning for you
  • Includes reports for students and parents
  • Is guaranteed to raise your score!

39
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199
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? Online whiteboard to work on problem solving
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40
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