YOUR 2011 PSAT SCORE REPORT: What does it mean?
A. Interpreting Your Score Report 1.Your Scores 2. Your Score Range 3. Your Percentile 4. Find your projected SAT score online.
B. Information on: • The top 1/2 of 1% as NMSQT Commended Scholars • The top 1/6 of 1% as NMSQT Semi-Finalists.
C. Overview of PSAT/NMSQT Answers 1. Look atYour Answersto determine which questions you answered correctly and incorrectly. 2. Log onto My College QuickStart to filter and sort all answers to easily identify the skills you need to work on. 3. Further interpretive information is found in the Your Skillssection.
SAT & ACTALL COLLEGES ACCEPT BOTH TESTS SAT ●Tests critical reading, math, & writing ●Math includes Algebra I, II, and Geometry ●Math Accounts for 33% of your score ●Vocabulary Emphasized ●Multiple choice and free response questions ●Guessing Penalty ●Test length 3 hours 45 mins. (10 sections including writing) ACT ●Tests critical reading, math, basic science skills & optional writing ●Math includes Algebra I, II, Geometry and basic Trigonometry ●Math Accounts for 25% of your score ●Vocabulary Less Important ●All Multiple Choice ●No Guessing Penalty ●Test length 3 hours 25 mins. (4 sections, optional 5th section of writing
D. Compare PSATs with Average GPA & SATs at Prospective Colleges GPASATACT • Morgan State 2.5 890 • Towson 3.5 1080 23 • UM- College Park 3.7 1280 • UM Balto. County 3.6 1180 26 • Salisbury U. 3.7 1130 23 • Frostburg State 3.0 960 20 • Johns Hopkins 3.7 1380 30 What is GPA? 4.0= A 3.0= B 2.0= C 1.0= D **The above combined scores are Critical Reading & Math ONLY Use this information to explore which college may be best for you.
E. How to Improve Your Score • Take the most challenging courses you can—especially in math and English. Course Registration begins Feb. 7! • Juniors: Attend lunch-time tutoring in the Spring with Ms. Inforna & Ms. Avallone. • Read, read, read!!! Non-fiction like National Geographic and the New York Times will increase fluency and comprehension.
F. When Should You Take the Tests • October Fresh. Year PSAT • October Soph. Year PSAT • October Junior Year PSAT • June Junior Year SAT/ACT • Oct./Nov. Senior Year SAT/ACT • Dec./Jan. Senior Year SAT/ACT (if necessary)
JUNIORSWhat’s Next? • Make an appointment to see your counselor about courses and the college search process • Colleges want to see RIGOR- take math every year. Challenge yourself with honors or AP. • Attend Spring College Night March 15 6pm Library
See Your Counselor with any Questions or Concerns! • Mrs. Geigley A-C • Ms. Cerkan D-J • Mrs. Kearney K-Q • Ms. Edwards R-Z • Mrs. Patron AVID/MD Tomorrow • Mrs. Fitz-Patrick Special Programs Visit the “School Counseling” page on EdLine and Remember to sign in at www.collegeboard.org/quickstart