JUNIOR ASSEMBLY:What You Need to Know Now! Class of 2014
PSAT TESTING – OCT. 17Why Should You Take the PSAT? Preparation for the SAT Scholarship and Recognition opportunities: only grade 11 is eligible for the National Merit Scholarship College and Career Planning Tools Admissions and Financial Aid Information from colleges Feedback on academic skills
PSAT TESTING – OCT. 17 What is the Format of the Test? Critical Reading 13 sentence completions 35 passage-based reading questions Math 28 multiple choice questions 10 student-produced response questions (grid-ins) Writing Skills 20 improving sentences questions 14 identifying sentence error questions 5 improving paragraph questions
PSAT TESTING – OCT. 17 How Does the PSAT Compare to the SAT? Types of Questions The same, except the PSAT/NMSQT does not have an essay component. Length The PSAT/NMSQT is 2 hours, 10 minutes. The SAT is 3 hours, 45 minutes. Level of Difficulty The PSAT/NMSQT does not have 11th grade-level math questions.
PSAT TESTING – OCT. 17 How Do You Register? Sign up: Pay $20 to the cashier (Plaza Level) before deadline Deadline to register: Monday, Oct. 1, at 4 p.m. Test Day/Date: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012
PSAT TESTING – OCT. 17 On Test Day… Testing Time: 7:30 – 11:00 a.m. (approximately) Arrive to Testing Location: by 7:15 a.m. Location: Assignments prior to testing Bring: Two #2 pencils and a calculator w/ spare batteries Student ID – REQUIRED!!
NAVIANCE You should already have your log-in If you do not have or do not know your log-in, see Eloisa Bayan in the Counseling Center You should have already completed: Four Year Plan Do What You Are
COLLEGE VISITS AT ISM Come! Opportunity to ask questions Opportunity to learn about schools and programs Opportunity to meet admissions officers and alumni
COLLEGE VISITS AT ISM Information on dates and times for visits can be found: Naviance Friday Bulletin ISM Website Counseling Blog Posted in Counseling Center Facebook/Twitter **Most visits, whenever possible, are during lunch in the VSH Counseling Center.
COLLEGE VISITS AT ISM Require Advance Sign-Up! Evening School Day September 11 September 19 (Columbia, Duke, (CIS College Fair, 30 Georgetown, Northwestern, Universities) Princeton) Information Sessions September 20 AFTER lunch (Yale, Yale-NUS) September 24 (Brown) October 3 (UPenn)
SAT REGISTRATION Recommend: January, May and June Register through College Board website: www.collegeboard.org Create your student College Board account (My Organizer): Register for SAT I and II Send scores to universities
ADVANCED PLACEMENT EXAMSIn general, it is not essential for ISM students to take additional AP exams as universities do not expect IB students to submit AP scores. See your counselor for more information.
COLLEGE PLANNING MEETING WITH YOUR COUNSELOR Beginning in November – make appointmentComplete Junior College Survey by November 1Plan on several meetings throughout the year so your counselor gets to know you!