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1 College Board Conversation and Update EducationUSA Triennial Workshop 2010 Europe and Eurasia Prague March 24, 2010

2 The College Board Not for profit membership organization of over 5600 schools, colleges, universities, and education associations Our mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity Committed to excellence and equity in education

3 SpringBoard ® ELA and Mathematics PSAT/NMSQT ® AP Potential ™ College Visits Take the SAT ® Take AP ® Courses College Admissions ReadiStep ™ CollegeEd ® 6th Grade The Path to College Readiness

4 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test 2010 Test Fee: $13 Test Dates: Wednesday, October 13 Saturday, October 16 PSAT/NMSQT Overview FPO

5 Scores and percentiles Information about performance on every test question Personalized skills feedback Information about NMSC programs Self-reported grade average and college major of interest Access code for My College QuickStart ™ PSAT Score Report Plus

6 My College QuickStart ™ –Personalized online college planning kit powered by students’ test results –My Online Score Report Review test questions, answers and explanations –My SAT Study Plan ™ Highlights skills for review and practice –My College Matches Based on the student’s home state and selected major –My Major & Career Matches Based on the major chosen when students take the test. Provides access to MyRoad ™ College and Career Planning Tools

7 College and Career Planning Tips Arrange for a computer lab session to introduce students to My College QuickStart Use free lesson plans to guide students through structured My College QuickStart and MyRoad activities

8 SAT Program Updates

9 What’s New With the SAT at Collegeboard.com The College Board Web site is a top resource for students and educators. What’s New A completely redesigned online registration process that lets students see and choose their test center in real time. A more intuitive score-reporting process that guides students through score sending. See how it works by visiting the online Score Choice tutorial. A tour of SAT® Skills Insight™, a tool that helps students understand the skills tested on the SAT and how they can improve those skills. My SAT Online Score Report is now the primary way for students to receive scores. (During registration, students are still given the opportunity to select a paper score report if needed.)

10 SAT Counselor Resource Center The Counselor Resource Center (CRC) is an online destination created for counselors. It’s designed to be your one-stop source for all the tools, information and inspiration you need to guide students and parents through the college admissions process. Current features include: –A college planning presentation with presenter notes –Score Choice materials (including a tutorial and presentation) –Handouts on related topics, such as Advanced Placement® (AP) –Spanish-language materials and presentations –Test dates calendar for planning purposes To access all these resources and much more, visit

11 SAT Materials For You and For Students

12 Current Program Materials (Students) This Is Your SAT This brochure is a great introduction to the SAT® and can help students and their parents to learn more about the SAT and SAT Subject Test. The SAT Practice Booklet This new booklet consolidates material from the SAT Preparation Booklet and the SAT Subject Test Preparation Booklet, and shows students who have limited Internet access: How to get ready for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests Types of questions and content they’ll see on the tests Sample questions Listening test questions that go with the practice CD The SAT Registration Guide This guide takes the place of the SAT Registration Booklet and is part of a registration packet that includes a registration form and return envelope. The SAT Practice Test Allows students with limited Internet access to: Take an official practice test Use a scoring guide and conversion tables to score the test

13 Current SAT Program Materials (Counselors) The SAT Program Handbook Includes important information about the SAT and SAT Subject Tests, such as registration, testing and scoring policies and practices At Your Fingertips This card is your compact guide to college readiness programs at the College Board. The SAT Code List A new easy-to-use booklet for the career and counseling office hat provides the following to students who register by mail: Test center code list College and scholarship program codes Country codes (international edition) List of college majors Score Choice™ Poster Displayed in the counseling office or career center, this poster can help answer students’ questions about Score Choice™. The Official SAT Online Course™ Brochure Find out how your school and your students can use this low-cost tool to get ready for the SAT. Practice CD The practice CD for SAT Language with Listening Subject Tests allows students using the SAT Practice Booklet to hear sample listening test questions. (Keep this in your office for students to use.)

14 SAT Practice Tools

15 Preparing for the SAT: Myth vs. Reality MYTH: Short-term prep courses are the best way to prepare for the SAT. REALITY: The best way to get ready for the SAT is to take a challenging course load and study hard. Students can also take a practice test to get familiar with the format. MYTH: Good SAT preparation has to be expensive. REALITY: The College Board offers a number of free and low-cost practice resources that can be used to build skill levels and familiarize students with the test. MYTH: Students need to figure out the “tricks” to do well on the SAT. REALITY: The SAT is not designed to trick students. Questions are based on high school subjects. Students who do well in the classroom are often the same ones who do well on the test. The truth is: a little practice goes a long way.

16 SAT Practice Tools The College Board provides a number of free and low- cost practice resources that can also help students get ready for the SAT: SAT Question of the Day – free, online SAT Practice Test – free, online The Official SAT Study Guide: 2 nd Edition – new edition includes 10 real practice tests The Official SAT Online Course™ – includes 18 interactive lessons

17 More Free Tools Used together, these tools can help students understand their scores and gain insight into the academic skills they need to do better in the classroom, on the test and in college. Skills Insight ™ Skills Insight uses real SAT questions and answers to show students the skills they need to be successful on the test. It helps students to recognize that these skills are the same ones learned in the classroom, thus boosting test-day confidence and familiarity with the SAT. My SAT Online Score Report My SAT ® Online Score Report gives students the meaning behind their score and insight into skill strengths and weaknesses. It offers a detailed review of student performance by question type and difficulty level; national, state and high school percentiles; each student’s essay question and scanned response; and career and major searches.

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19 “Academic Skills” are skills typical of students who score within the selected score band. “Skill Examples” are actual SAT questions that illustrate the meaning of each skill.

20 SAT ® Subject Tests ™

21 What are the SAT Subject Tests ™ ? The SAT Subject Tests measure students’ knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, and their ability to apply that knowledge. SAT Subject Tests are a great way for students to show colleges the subjects in which they are interested and excel. Like the SAT, Subject Tests ™ are a reliable measure of academic success and a good predictor of college performance.

22 How do Colleges Use the SAT Subject Tests ™ ? Colleges use the SAT Subject Tests ™ for admissions, course placement, and to advise students about course selection. Subject Tests scores – along with high school grades, SAT scores, personal statements, teacher recommendations, etc. – give colleges a more completed picture of a student. Colleges have different policies regarding SAT Subject Tests ™. Students should find out how the colleges that they’re considering use Subject Tests scores.

23 When Should Students Take Subject Tests ™ ? Most students take SAT Subject Tests toward the end of their junior year or at the beginning of their senior year. Students are advised to take the SAT Subject Tests as soon as possible after completing that subject’s course, while the material is still fresh in their mind. For foreign language tests, students tend to do better after at least two years of study.

24 Score Choice

25 About Score Choice Score Choice is a score reporting feature that gives students the option to send the test scores they feel best represent their abilities to colleges. Score Choice is designed to reduce student test anxiety and enable students to feel more comfortable on test day. Colleges will continue to set their SAT score-use practices.

26 How Score Choice Works Score Choice is optional. The default selection is all scores. Scores can be selected by test date for SAT and by individual test for Subject Tests. Any/all scores can be sent to a college on a single report, at no additional charge. Score Choice applies to college score reports only. All scores will continue to go to students and high schools.

27 How Score Choice Works The College Board has partnered with colleges, universities, high school counselors, financial aid, and admissions advisors to help them establish and communicate their test score-use practices. Since Score Choice launched, counselors can view a comprehensive list of participating institutions’ score-use practices posted on our Web site. A new reminder service is in place for students who take the SAT but don’t send their score report by designated application deadlines.

28 Score Choice Tutorial A tutorial of the Score Choice website is available on collegeboard.com

29 SAT Fees TestFees SAT$45 SAT Subject Tests™ Basic registration fee$20 Language Tests with Listening (add to basic reg. fee)add $20 All other SAT Subject Tests (add per test to basic reg. fee)add $9 Additional Processing Fees (add to test fees) Register by phone (available only if you have registered before) $12.50 Change fee (test type, center or date change)$22 Late fee$23 Standby fee$38 International processing fee (for students testing in countries other than the United States, U.S. territories and U.S. commonwealths) $26 Additional surcharge for testing in India and Pakistan$23

30 The Advanced Placement Program ® (AP ® ): An International Program, A Global Credential

31 How Colleges and Universities Use AP More than 3,800 colleges and universities annually receive AP Exam scores. Over 90% of 4-year colleges in the U.S. provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying scores 85% of selective colleges and universities indicate that a student’s AP experience “favorably impacts admissions decisions.” Overall, 75% of college faculty favor or strongly favor allowing AP credit/placement in their department, but this differs significantly by discipline 31% of colleges and universities factor a student’s AP experience into decisions about which students will receive scholarships.

32 AP ® : The Most Widely Used Academic Program in the World May million students took 2.9 million AP Exams. AP Exams were administered by more than 17,300 schools in 114 countries. Outside the United States: 34,801 students More than 69,000 AP Exams 1,026 schools

33 Value of AP for Students Experience university-level coursework and exams Gain advantages in university admission Earn university credit and fulfill requirements Place into higher-level coursework Gain a global perspective and global competencies Gain confidence in the ability to take on challenges Qualify for scholarships Save time and money Increase options

34 Benefits of AP for Schools AP: High Academic Standards – Anchored to the best practices of leading higher education institutions – University-level standard in secondary schools – Valid and reliable assessment – Promotes global skills and competencies – Recognized by leading universities worldwide AP: Curricular Autonomy – Discretion and freedom for schools to execute their own curricula and teaching practices

35 Benefits of AP for Schools AP: Flexibility –AP is modular – Schools offer and students take the AP courses and exams they want. –AP is flexible – Internationally mobile students take AP courses and exams at schools around the world. –Community service component – can be added, and many schools do –The AP International Diploma (APID) - available to all students and optional

36 AP International Diploma (APID) Requirements: Scores of 3 or higher on required combination of five AP Exams Two AP Exams from English and/or world languages One AP Exam designated as offering a global perspective (Government and Politics: Comparative, Human Geography, World History) One exam from science or mathematics One (or two) additional exam(s) from among any content areas except English and world languages More information:

37 Benefits of AP for Schools AP is Affordable There is no cost for schools to offer AP Courses. The AP Exam fee is $86 of which schools retain $8. AP provides free and low-cost resources for all schools.

38 Universities Recognize and Value AP AP: Is a standard, reliable assessment of university-level concepts and skills Helps universities identify students Attracts motivated students Is supported by research Involves university faculty in significant ways

39 Universities Recognize and Value AP More than 90% of four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. grant advanced placement, credit or both for successful AP Exam scores. More than 600 universities in 58 countries outside the U.S. recognize AP for credit, placement and/or when making admission decisions.

40 International University Recognition of AP Canada – every university offers advanced placement and/or credit Country-wide recognition policies also in Austria, Germany, Norway U.K. - most universities recognize AP for admission –Ex: U. of Cambridge, Oxford, LSE, others SAT AP Exams with grades of 4 or higher Netherlands - most universities recognize AP for admission –Ex: U. of Amsterdam, U. of Maastricht, TU Delft 2- 4 AP Exams with grades of 3 or higher 162 universities in 26 Latin America and Caribbean countries recognize AP

41 AP Policies of University Outside the U.S. on collegeboard.org International university AP policies are searchable by country and by Institution. Provides: –A statement by the college or university about the policy –A link to the university’s own Web page and contact information for university officials International Universities:

42 U.S. University AP Policies of U.S. universities on collegeboard.org U.S. university AP policies are searchable by institution. Provides: –A statement by the college or university about their AP policy –A link to the university’s own Web page that details its AP credit and placement policies U.S. Universities:

43 AP and the School Community: Strategies that Schools have Shared Keep parents and board members informed Involve dynamic staff members as academic leaders Involve your community – orientations, AP Open House events Publicize successes of your program online, in local media, and in international education journals and newsletters 43

44 Resources College Board Web site – AP Central – AP University Recognition Directory – print and online AP: A World Class Academic Experience brochure AP PPT Presentation for International Schools AP Course Ledger –https://apcourseaudit.epiconline.org/ledger/https://apcourseaudit.epiconline.org/ledger/ AP Data and Research –Online Score Reports available in 2010 AP Potential AP Professional Development

45 Questions? Carol Blythe Janine Farhat Jennifer Russell Stephanie Trainor Christina Hum


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