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PSAT Scores, Now What?


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PSAT Scores, Now What?

  1. 1. PSAT Scores… Now What? Presented by The Princeton Review 800-2Review
  2. 2. While You Are Waiting - Solve » Complete the Pattern: O T T F F S S _ » Connect the dots, using ONLY 4 straight lines and WITHOUT lifting your pencil » Using 1 line, change this to 6: IX l l l l l l l l l
  3. 3. Agenda • PSAT Scores/Score Report • National Merit • SAT Quick Facts & Misconceptions • SAT vs. ACT • Testing Timeline • The Princeton Review • Q&A
  4. 4. Fear or Anxiety? • About college admissions? • You are NOT alone! • 94% stated they find college admissions stressful. • TODAY - Ease the process & think about your options, needs and approach
  5. 5. What is the PSAT/NMSQT? • Stands for Preliminary SAT / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test • Practice test for the SAT » You’ll get an idea of how standardized tests work » See how you perform in a high-pressure testing situation » You get SCORES to give you a starting point • Junior year scores are used as qualifying test for National Merit Scholarship
  6. 6. How is the PSAT Scored? Section Math Critical Reading Writing Total Score Range 20 – 80 20 – 80 20 – 80 60 - 240 Avg Jr Score 47.6 48.3 45.6 141.5 Avg Jr Score (CA) 48.4 47.3 46.1 141.8 Avg Jr Score (NY) 46.4 45.2 42.9 134.5 Avg Soph Score 43.1 43.1 40.9 127.1 • 1,557,056 Juniors & 1,570,141 Sophomores took the PSAT/NMSQT. • Roughly 16,000 semi-finalists for NMSQT • 2011 NYS National Merit Qualifying Score: 217
  7. 7. PSAT → SAT You can use your PSAT score to help you predict how you might score on the SAT if you took it right now without any preparation. Simply add a zero to each of your PSAT scores. EXAMPLE: PSAT SAT Critical Reading 52 —> 520 Math 51 —> 510 Writing 53 —> 530 Total 156 —> 1560
  8. 8. PSAT → SAT Not an exact science. Major differences between PSAT and SAT oSAT is much longer and requires more endurance – takes almost 4 hours oSAT has harder math than the PSAT oSAT has a mandatory essay included in the Writing Skills section
  9. 9. 4 Major Parts of Your PSAT/NMSQT Results Your Scores Your Skills Your Answers Critical Reading Mathematics Writing Skills Understanding Your PSAT/NMSQT Results Next Steps 3 Test Sections
  10. 10. Your Scores Percentile If you are a junior, your scores are compared to those of other juniors. If you are a sophomore or younger student, your scores are compared to those of sophomores. Score Range
  11. 11. National Merit Scholarship Corporation Information The Entry Requirements section displays information you provided on your answer sheet. The Percentile compares your performance to that of other college-bound juniors. The Selection Index is the sum of your critical reading, mathematics and writing skills scores. If it has an asterisk, you do not meet all of the eligibility requirements for the competition.
  12. 12. National Merit Scholarship • Awarded to the top 1% of the country • Automatically entered if you meet criteria • Other criteria considered such as grades and official SAT scores • Commended, Semi-finalist and Finalist • California magic number: 221
  13. 13. See how you did on each skill. The same skills are tested on the SAT. Your Skills
  14. 14. Your Answers You will get your test book back with your PSAT/NMSQT results, so that you can review the questions.
  15. 15. Your Answers: Student-Produced Responses Some of the math problems required you to grid in answers instead of selecting an option. For these questions, you will see the correct answer(s) written out.
  16. 16. Visit There you can (FREE): •Search for colleges – filter by test score, GPA… •Get a personalized SAT study plan •Create a get-into-college timeline •Take a practice SAT or ACT •Read a great advice article Visit - Use the access code on your report to log in to My College QuickStart. There you can: •Search for colleges •Take a personality test to find majors & careers that fit you Next Steps
  17. 17. Lower End of This List: SAT: 1850 ACT: 27 (Elon University) Higher End of This List: SAT: 2260 ACT: 34 (CalTech) Middle of This List: SAT: 2050 ACT: 31 (Georgetown University) 17 Visit for more score data! Where will your scores take you?
  18. 18. Everything You Need to Know About the SAT SAT
  19. 19. What does SAT stand for? SAT
  20. 20. What does SAT stand for? SAT • Standardized Admissions Test • Student Ability Test • Silly Annoying Test • Nothing – it’s just the SAT! • The SAT is actually the SAT Reasoning Test
  21. 21. SAT – Quick Facts • Frequency: 7 times/year • Duration: 3 hours, 45 minutes • Sections: 10  3 Math  3 Critical Reading  3 Writing 3 + 3 + 3 = 10 ???  1 Experimental
  22. 22. • SAT scores measure your intelligence • A student with a high GPA will ace the SAT • You cannot learn how to increase your scores • Best SAT Scores win in college admissions • SAT Scores are becoming less important SAT Misconceptions
  23. 23. What do SAT Scores Really Measure? How well you take the SAT SAT
  24. 24. Accounts for approximately 40% of your application G.P.A. Takes over 6,000 hours to earn
  25. 25. 3 TEST SCORESAccount for approximately 20% of your application most students don’t spend more than 15 hours preparing! YET…
  26. 26. • Don’t take your scores personally • SAT scores DO NOT measure your intelligence • Proper coaching can increase your scores • GPA is most important in admissions • Test scores are still heavily relied on SAT Truths
  27. 27. SAT ACT When is it administered? Seven times per year Six times per year What is tested? Math, Reading, Writing, Essay Math, Reading, Writing, Science, Optional Essay What is the test structure? Ten-section exam plus a Masked experimental section. Four-section exam. Experimental section is OPTIONAL and is clearly marked. Penalty for wrong answers? Yes No What do the tests measure? How well you take the SAT How well you take the ACT Offered in my state? Yes Yes - accepted by virtually all schools in lieu of SAT scores. What about the ACT?
  28. 28. • SAT tests vocabulary • ACT has a Science section • SAT essay is required. ACT essay is optional  SAT essay is philosophical  ACT essay is high school friendly • SAT is trickier but tests easier concepts • ACT is harder, but straightforward • SAT is more technique-based (easier to learn) • ACT is more content-based (harder to learn) • Easier to improve SAT score b/c it’s a sum of 3 sections • Harder to improve ACT score b/c average of 4 sections *If you have a PSAT and PLAN score, we can determine the better test for you. SAT vs ACT - More Differences 28
  29. 29. • ALL colleges accept either test • Some students are naturally better at one test over the other • You may take both tests or just one of them • Test-optional colleges • The BEST way to determine which test is better is to use practice tests SAT vs ACT 29
  30. 30. Which test should I take? • There is NO downside to taking both tests. We encourage it! • Free Practice Tests (SAT, ACT) • Princeton Review Assessment (PRA) SAT and/or ACT?
  31. 31. • HS Transcript is your #1 priority! • Extracurricular Activities: quality over quantity • Prep for and take your first PSAT or PLAN • Consider SAT Subject Tests 9th and 10th Grades
  32. 32. • Take Official SAT or ACT SAT ACT January February (not in NY) March April May June June September October October November December December • Take Official SAT Subject Exams Senior Year is used for backup test dates 11th Grade
  33. 33. Timeline Considerations • How many times will you take the SAT and/or ACT?  Prep for one, Plan for two, Leave time for three • How much prep do you need? • Depends on your goal so however much is right…FOR YOU! • What extra-curricular activities do you have that will impact your prep schedule? • Are you taking AP tests? • Do you need to take SAT Subject Tests? • Will you be submitting any early applications?
  34. 34. The College Admissions Tests What are the five major standardized tests geared toward College Admission? • The PSAT – • The SAT – • The ACT – • The SAT Subject Tests & AP Exams –
  35. 35. Ready to Prep! • Last year, The Princeton Review helped more than 3.5 million students realize their college dreams. • Over 4 out of 5 Princeton Review graduates who got into college were accepted into at least one of their top choice schools. • 99% of Princeton Review graduates who have applied to college have been accepted.
  36. 36. How we can help! Our job is to raise scores • We are the experts: we know these tests cold • We have developed test-specific strategies—that other companies copy • We’ll teach you the content you need to know • We’ll show you what vocab you need to learn for the SAT • We’ll help you develop an appropriate pacing strategy • We’ll help you manage test anxiety • We have options for every schedule and learning style We are passionate about what we do and we are so confident with our results we actually GUARANTEE them! 36 Over 4 out of 5 Princeton Review Graduates were accepted into at least one of their top-choice schools.* *Among students responding to our 2009 survey.
  37. 37. How we can help! Our Guarantee to You • Readiness Guarantee: Take it again if you don’t feel ready! • Satisfaction Guarantee: Take it again if you aren’t satisfied with your score! • Money Back Guarantee: If you don’t improve at all, get your money back! • 150 Point Money Back Guarantee (SAT Ultimate only): If you aren’t happy with your score, take it again, and if you still don’t improve by 150 point, get your money back, too! See for more details! 37*Among students responding to our 2009 survey.
  38. 38. Q&A For official information from the test makers, visit: • (SAT, PSAT, SAT Subject Tests, APs) • For other information from us: • Call 1-800-2-Review • Visit For information about colleges: • Check out our best-selling guide: The Best 377 Colleges, 2013 Ed. • Visit 38
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