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PSAT scores released next week

If you took the PSAT earlier this fall, you should expect to receive your scores sometime next week.  The CollegeBoard says scores will be released to students Dec 9-11 (the exact date depends on where you live).  Your counselor can access the scores on Dec 2 through the K-12 reporting portal.  Be smart by using your PSAT scores to improve your score on the “real” SAT.  Your score report explains what areas you need to review before taking the next test.  

Viewing Your Scores 

The CollegeBoard has aligned the PSAT scores with the SAT scores.  You can use your PSAT test scores to learn more about how you might do on the upcoming SAT tests.  But there are a LOT of scores on the PSAT test.  Which scores should you to pay attention to? 

Here are some tips.  When viewing your score report, focus on: 

  1. Raw scores.  Look at your Reading/Writing score, your math score, and total score. 
  2. Ignore percentiles.  This is a new test- the percentiles are research based only.  Don’t worry about the percentiles. 
  3. Check your NMSC Selection Index.  Is there an asterisk (*) next to it?  Learn more about the National Merit Scholarship selection process in this guide 

College and Career Readiness Benchmarks 

Don’t spend a lot of time worrying about where you are on the benchmarks.  Make a count of how many you have in the following benchmark areas: 

  • Green (meets or exceeds benchmark) 
  • Yellow (approaching benchmark) 
  • Red (need to strengthen skills) 

Get Advice from the Experts on Benchmarks 

Talk to your counselor or advisor about recommendations to move your red and yellow benchmarks into green. 

Using Sub Scores 

Find the section of your score report, Your Scores: Next Steps.  This is a great resource for you, showing what you are already able to do.  It also includes suggestions for improving your skills.  These suggestions become the beginning of the Khan Academy personalized preparation plan.   

The scores are broken into: 

  1. Reading Test 
  2. Writing and Language Test 
  3. Math Test 

Study Smarter, not Harder 

If you use your PSAT scores for preparation for the SAT, you will be studying smarter, not harder.  Reviewing your PSAT scores will save you hours of studying for the SAT by showing you where you need to focus your preparation.  Go over your PSAT scores with parents, counselors and teachers.  Use this to create a personalized, study plan for the SAT. 

Take Action 

Record your PSAT scores in GuidedPath, and schedule your next SAT or PSAT test. 

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Be ready for the PSAT/NMSQT

 Taking the PSAT/NMSQT is important as a freshman, sophomore and junior.  Why?  It is your opportunity to take a standardized test and see how you do, without having to worry that colleges or programs will see your scores (they don’t).  It’s also a great way to prepare for the regular SAT and juniors it is your opportunity to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship.  Here are 5 tips to help you get ready.  

5 Steps to Prepare for the PSAT in October 

  1. REGISTER for the PSAT at your high school.  The test is offered at your school in October (this year that date is October 16 for most schools).  Check with the counseling office about the date and how to register. 
  2. GET READY.  Get a list of what to bring on test day and what to leave at home. 
  3. GET FAMILIAR with the PSAT.  Look at the College Board website for information about what the questions are like in the PSAT, how long it is, and what to expect. 
  4. PRACTICE for the PSAT.  Take a practice test on the CollegeBoard website.  Khan Academy also offers practice tests, practice questions and personalized preparation for the test. 
  5. Take a GUESS.  On the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT10, you earn points for the questions you answer correctly – there is no penalty for getting a question wrong.  Give your best answer to every question.  If you don’t know, guess (you may get it right).  There’s no advantage to leaving them blank. 

Take Action 

Add the PSAT to your test schedule in GuidedPath. Select the “Schedule Test by Type” option under the “Tests” menu and then use the green “Add a new test” button to add the PSAT. Check with your counselor for registration and test dates.   Watch a video on how to add a test within GuidedPath. 


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