Students who took the October PSATs have had their results for a few weeks, and while that’s mostly good, there’s also some bad and ugly involved. Before we explain, here’s some germane information.Read More
Most schools in October offer the PSAT (a “preliminary” SAT) to their freshman, sophomores, and/or juniors. Regardless of your school’s official testing policy, here are some good reasons why a student should take the PSAT, whose scores are NOT reported to colleges:Read More
The table below shows that the length of the test has been increased by 25% to 2 hours and 45 minutes. That translates to an increase in both the number of questions and the average amount of time per question. However, we anticipate that the extra time will be required to digest each question because there will be more reading and deeper thinking. What we don’t know is how students will actually feel about their pacing through a new format that stresses greater textual analysis.Read More
Eight months away from the new PSAT test and a year from the SAT rollout, we’re learning more about each test. To keep you abreast of the latest information, we’re sharing our intelligence below.
First, the College Board will release a total of eight practice tests, some of which will be developed in conjunction with Khan Academy. Full availability of all practice tests remains unclear, but sometime this month (March 2015) we should expect to see the one and only PSAT sample test. Expect four SAT sample tests in the spring, perhaps ten months before the first administration of the redesigned SAT. We can expect the release of another four sample tests, through Khan Academy, over the months after the College Board releases the first four. Web-based, the Khan Academy sample tests will be online and downloadable. Students will be able to use a smart phone app to snap a picture of their answer sheet that will generate instant scoring by Khan Academy. This summer, College Board will release its new Official SAT Study Guide with some or all of those first eight tests.Read More
It’s December – the time when every student across the U.S. who took the PSAT/NMSQT gets back a copy of the PSAT itself, and, most importantly, a score report that breaks down the results on all three test sections: writing, reading, and math, including the student’s responses and the correct responses to every question.
So what’s a motivated student to do with all that feedback? Here are our five suggestions...Read More
The top factor on any college’s admissions consideration list is a student’s academic record. Number two remains the student’s SAT or ACT scores. That’s why it so important for college-bound students to prepare for these tests. In the case of the SAT, one way to prepare is to take the PSAT in October. The results will provide diagnostic feedback to a student who wants to improve as much as possible for a future SAT. The junior-year PSAT is also the first step toward qualifying for National Merit Scholarships.Read More
While your junior PSAT score is the initial qualifier for prestigious National Merit Scholarship recognition, this year’s scores are important not only for early college planning, but for identifying your testing strengths and weaknesses so you can more appropriately prepare for the SAT and ACT. After all, these tests are the second most important factor in college admissions, second only to your academic record. The SAT and ACT even play a significant role in financial aid, merit-based scholarships, and placement in freshman college courses.Read More