Intro Psat 20102011


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  • Note to Presenter: This PowerPoint presentation contains information about preparing for the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT ® ). Use the presentation along with the Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT to familiarize your students with the test and types of questions it contains. Additional materials for preparing students, parents, and school staff are available at
  • Preparation for the SAT: Same question types, format, and testing conditions as the SAT. Scholarship and recognition opportunities: Entry point for National Merit Scholarship Corporation programs (usually in 11 th grade) and other scholarship and recognition opportunities, including the National Hispanic Recognition Program. Feedback on academic skills: Personalized feedback on critical reading, mathematics, and writing skills, including specific suggestions for improvement. College and career planning tools: Free access to My College QuickStart™ and My Road™, online tools that provide personalized information and interactive college and career planning resources. Admissions and financial aid information: Students who say “Yes” to Student Search Service ® when they take the test will be eligible to receive free information from colleges and scholarship services.
  • There are two 25-minute critical reading sections that contain a total of 48 questions.
  • There are two 25-minute mathematics sections that contain a total of 38 questions.
  • There is one 30-minute writing section that contains a total of 39 questions.
  • Additional calculator tips: Don't try to use the calculator on every question. No question requires one. Decide how to solve each problem; then decide whether to use a calculator. Make sure your calculator is in good working order and that batteries are fresh. You will not be permitted to use a pocket organizer; laptop or handheld electronic device; cell phone calculator; or calculator with QWERTY (typewriter-like) keypad, with paper tape, that makes noise or “talks,” or that requires an electrical outlet.
  • Note to Presenter : Use this slide to inform your students about the PSAT/NMSQT test day by editing the slide in Microsoft PowerPoint. Provide the important facts, such as day, date, and location of testing, as well as a reminder to bring a calculator (optional) and #2 pencils. Remember, Social Security numbers and e-mail addresses are optional. You may also want to include information about the cost of the test; where and when they register (with a deadline date); and anything else that you think they’ll need to know.
  • Intro Psat 20102011

    1. 1. <ul><li>What is the PSAT/NMSQT </li></ul><ul><li>What Skills are tested on the PSAT/NMSQT </li></ul><ul><li>Types of Questions on the PSAT/NSMSQT </li></ul><ul><li>How the PSAT/NMSQT is scored </li></ul><ul><li>Preparation? </li></ul><ul><li>How to sign up for the PSAT/NMSQT at ISM </li></ul>
    2. 2. <ul><li>Measures academic skills you’ll need for college </li></ul><ul><li>Co-sponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation </li></ul><ul><li>Serves as an entry point to National Merit Scholarship Corporation competitions and practice for the SAT </li></ul><ul><li>Taken by more than 3.5 million students in 2008 (45% eleventh-graders and 55% tenth-graders or younger) </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>Preparation for the SAT® </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarship and recognition opportunities (11 th grade) </li></ul><ul><li>College and career planning tools </li></ul><ul><li>Admissions and financial aid information from colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback on academic skills </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>The test assesses the academic skills that you’ve developed over the years, primarily through your course work. </li></ul><ul><li>These skills are considered essential for success in high school and college: </li></ul><ul><li>Critical Reading </li></ul><ul><li>Mathematics </li></ul><ul><li>Writing Skills </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>Use content from: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>-humanities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-social studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-natural sciences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-literature </li></ul></ul><ul><li>13 Sentence Completions </li></ul><ul><li>35 Passage-Based Reading Questions </li></ul><ul><li>(100- to 800-word passages) </li></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>Use content from: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>-number and operations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-algebra and functions; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-geometry and measurement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-data analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-statistics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-probability </li></ul></ul><ul><li>28 Multiple-Choice Questions </li></ul><ul><li>10 Student-Produced Response Questions ( “ Grid-ins ” ) </li></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>Focus on editing, grammar, usage, and organization. </li></ul><ul><li>20 Improving Sentences Questions </li></ul><ul><li>14 Identifying Sentence Error Questions </li></ul><ul><li>5 Improving Paragraph Questions </li></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>Question Types: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The same, except the PSAT/NMSQT does not have an essay component. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Length: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The PSAT/NMSQT is 2 hours, 10 minutes. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The SAT is 3 hours, 45 minutes. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Level of Difficulty: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The PSAT/NMSQT does not have 11 th grade-level math questions. </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. A scientific or graphing calculator is recommended. Bring a familiar calculator. Test day is not the time to figure out how to use a new calculator.
    10. 12. <ul><li>Take the practice test in the Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT . </li></ul><ul><li>Understand scoring and “educated guessing.” </li></ul><ul><li>Familiarize yourself with the test’s format, questions types, and directions. </li></ul>
    11. 14. <ul><li>How to Sign Up: Pay $20 to the cashier (Plaza Level) </li></ul><ul><li>Deadline to Register: Mon., October 3, 2010 (4 PM) </li></ul><ul><li>Test Day/Date: WEDNESDAY , October 12, 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Testing Time: 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM (Approximately) </li></ul><ul><li>Arrival/Reporting Time: 7:15 AM </li></ul><ul><li>Location: The “Lofthouse” (new wing) </li></ul><ul><li>Bring: </li></ul><ul><li>NEW POLICY THIS YEAR! School I.D. </li></ul><ul><li>Two #2 Pencils </li></ul><ul><li>Calculator (optional) </li></ul>
    12. 15. The Portal
    13. 16. ‘ Naviance/Family Connection’
    14. 17. Logging in
    15. 18. Logging In…
    16. 20. ‘ Careers’- 2 tasks 1 2
    17. 21. 1) Personality Type
    18. 22. 1)Personality Type cont…
    19. 23. 2) Career Interest Profiler
    20. 24. 2)Career Interest Profiler cont…
    21. 26. ‘ About Me’-2 further tasks 3 4
    22. 27. 3)‘Learning Style’
    23. 28. 4)‘Resume’-ongoing updates
    24. 29. SAT/GPA graphs on Family Connection
    25. 30. Next steps… <ul><li>Check school email for Family Connection link and password </li></ul><ul><li>(See Bella in Guidance if you need a new password) </li></ul><ul><li>1) Personality Type </li></ul><ul><li>2) Career Interest Profiler </li></ul><ul><li>3) Learning Style </li></ul><ul><li>4) Update resume (ongoing) </li></ul><ul><li>Due date Monday October 3 rd (same as PSAT) </li></ul>
    26. 31. TODAY! FAT 12.20 – 1.30 (Block E) Grade 10 and 11 only FCD Assembly
    27. 32. Any Questions ?.... (….now for something completely different….)