Using Your PSAT/NMSQT Scores to Increase College Readiness ...

Using Your PSAT/NMSQT Scores to Increase College Readiness ...

Using Your PSAT/NMSQT Scores to Increase College Readiness Instruction for Using This Lesson More than ever before, the PSAT/NMSQT supports students on their path to college readiness. Like all of the assessments in the SAT Suite, the PSAT/NMQT offers scores and reports that provide insightful information about individual student performance on the assessment, including a

predicted SAT score and their progress toward the college readiness benchmarks. The purpose of this lesson is to support educators as they review PSAT/NMSQT scores and reports with students. The lesson can be used with your students in a computer lab, leading them through the online reports and resources available to students when they log in to their College Board account. The lesson also takes the students through their paper score report step by step, explaining each section of the report and the scores students receive.

In addition, this lesson shares college planning resources with students to help them investigate colleges, majors, and their own interests on the path to college readiness. 2 Instruction for Using This Lesson The lesson is divided into sections, Section one: the online reporting portal Section two: the paper score report Section three: additional college planning resources

Some information in each of these sections is repeated to allow the flexibility to review only the online portion or only the paper score report. Use this table to tailor the lesson as needed: Lesson includes: Use slides: Reduce notes for slides: Both online reporting portal

and paper score report 336 20 (repeats notes for slide 10 and 11) Approximate Time Required 70 minutes 21 (repeats notes for slide 13) 22 (repeats notes for slide 11) 25 (repeats notes for slide 15) Online reporting portal only

318, 2636 None 40 minutes Paper score report only 14, 1936 None 25 minutes 3 Using Your PSAT/NMSQT

Scores to Increase College Readiness Get to Know the PSAT/NMSQT The PSAT/NMSQT is highly relevant to your future success because it focuses on the skills and knowledge at the heart of your education. It measures: What you learn in high school What you need to succeed in college

The PSAT/NMSQT measures reading, writing and language, and math skills developed over many years. The PSAT/NMSQT does not ask for facts from literature, history, or science, or for recall of math formulas, because it measures your reasoning and critical thinking skills. You dont have to discover secret tricks or cram the night before. There is no penalty for guessing.

The test length is 2 hours, 45 minutes. 5 What Are the Benefits of Taking the PSAT/NMSQT ? Prepare for the SAT Get free, personalized Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy Start getting ready for college with college and career planning tools Enter the National Merit Scholarship Program See which AP courses for which you might be ready Get admission and financial aid information from colleges

6 How Do I Access My PSAT/NMSQT Scores and Reports? 1. Review your online reports. 2. Review your paper score report. 7 How Do I Access My Online PSAT/NMSQT Scores and

Reports? Log in to an existing College Board account or create a new one at studentscores.collegeboard.org. 8 How Do I Access My Online PSAT/NMSQT Scores and Reports? (cont.) 1. Log in to your account. 2. Select PSAT/NMSQT Scores. *OR*

3. Use Missing Scores to locate scores. 9 What Will I Learn About My Scores? 10 How Do I See My Detailed Scores? 11 How Will I Do on the SAT ?

The predicted SAT score is an initial projection based on current SAT data and concordance. 12 How Did My Score Measure Against the Benchmarks? Section, test, and subscores all report scores in performance zones that indicate whether you are on track for meeting the college readiness benchmarks on the SAT . Section scores Need to Strengthen Skills = below grade-level benchmark

by more than one year Approaching Benchmark = below grade-level benchmark by one year or less Meets or Exceeds Benchmark = at or above grade-level benchmark Test scores and subscores Red, yellow, and green ranges reflect areas of strengths and weaknesses compared to the typical performance of students 13 What Do My Scores Tell Me? Test scores, cross-test scores, and subscores give students insightful information about their strengths and areas for improvement.

14 How Can I Improve My Academic Skills? Skills Insight informs you about what you are already likely able to do, and how you can improve your skills. TM 15 What Can I Learn from My Answers? See the actual questions, answer choices, and the answer selected.

Look at the online score report and consider the following: Identify the questions answered incorrectly. Find the correct answer and read the answer explanation. Explain why the error was made. Ask questions about answer

explanations that are not clear. 16 What Can I Learn from My Answers? (cont.) Check the level of difficulty of each question and the related subscores and cross-test scores. Look at the types of questions answered incorrectly and skipped and consider the following: Identify the level of difficulty. How many questions did I miss at each level?

Was I more likely to skip questions associated with any subscore or crosstest score? What inferences can I make about areas for improvement based on the types of questions I missed and skipped? 17 What Is My AP Potential ? AP Potential uses scores from the PSAT/NMSQT to provide

predictions for 21 AP Exams. College Board research shows that students who score a 3 or higher on an AP Exam typically experience greater academic success in college and are more likely to earn a college degree on time than non-AP students. 18 Understanding My Paper Score Report

What Are My Scores? Scores for the assessments in the SAT Suite are vertically equated. What Are My Scores? (cont.) Test scores, cross-test scores, and subscores give students insightful information about their strengths and areas for improvement. 21

What Are My Score Percentiles? Percentiles and benchmarks are provided for 10th and 11th grades on the PSAT/NMSQT . 22 What Is the National Merit Scholarship Program? 23

How Can I Improve My Scores? Your Question-Level Feedback 24 What Are My Next Steps? Continue to take challenging courses in high school Link scores with Khan Academy

Set up a practice plan and stick to it Register for the SAT Utilize other resources to research and prepare for college Official SAT Practice with

Khan Academy Its FREE! Go to satpractice.org and create a free account. Get personalized recommendations. Link your Khan Academy account to your College Board account to import past SAT Suite results, or take diagnostic quizzes to get personalized recommendations.

Create a study plan. Select a test date and set up a practice schedule. How Can I Practice with Khan Academy ? Watch a video introducing Offici al SAT Practice on Khan Academy Thousands of practice questions and videos covering every SAT concept

Six official, full-length SAT practice tests with more to come Personalized recommendations based on each students strengths and weaknesses Tailored practice schedule mapping out each students path to test day SAT tips and strategies, sharing information about each part of the test 27 What Steps Will I Follow to Link My College Board Account to Khan Academy ? Step 1 Log in or create a Khan Academy account.

Step 2 When prompted, agree to link your Khan Academy and College Board accounts. You will then be directed to collegeboard.org. Step 3 Sign in or create a College Board account. Step 4 When prompted, hit Send to authorize the account linking. Step 5 Start practicing on Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy! 28 How Can I Link My College Board and Khan Academy Accounts?

After successfully logging in to your College Board account, you will be asked to authorize the account linking. After clicking Send, you will be redirected to SAT Practice on the Khan Academy site. You can remove the link at any time by clicking on Revoke, which is

found in your College Board account settings. 29 How Do I Register for the SAT ? SAT Registration link from Popular Tools menu sat.org/register 30 What Additional Resources Will Help Me Prepare for My Future?

BigFuture College Action Plan College Search Scholarships Financial Aid Roadmap to Careers Student Search Service 31 BigFuture Search Colleges, Scholarships, and Careers Search for colleges.

Watch videos from real students. Hear from education professionals. Learn about different colleges. Get help paying for college. Build a personalized plan for getting into college.

32 Road Map to Careers Roadtrip Nation and College Board are partnering to help students connect with careers. Choose your core interests. Watch videos of leaders who share your interests.

Learn about majors and careers that align to your interests. See examples of leaders who followed a similar path. 33 Student Search Service Connects students with information about educational and financial aid opportunities.

Participate voluntarily. Connect with more than 1,200 colleges, universities, scholarship programs, and educational organizations. Sign up when you take an assessment in the SAT Suite: 1. Choose to participate in Student Search Service when registering for a College Board test (fill in the circle on the answer sheet). 2. Provide information about yourself on your answer sheet. 3. Participating organizations can then search for groups of students who may be a good fit. 4. FYI: The College Board never shares information on disabilities,

parental education, self-reported parental income, Social Security numbers, phone numbers, or actual test scores through Student Search Service. 34 Thank You.

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