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1 0 Bellevue School District 11 th Grade Counselor Presentation

2 First things first… 1  Please complete the College Search Survey

3 Junior College Planning – 3 parts 2  Classroom presentations and PSAT results  Counselor Tutorial  College search and Finding Fit  Applications and Letter of Rec  Open tutorials  Individual Meetings as requested

4 4 Major Parts of Your PSAT/NMSQT Results Your Scores Your Skills Your Answers Critical Reading Mathematics Writing Skills Understanding Your PSAT/NMSQT Results Next Steps 3 Test Sections

5 Your Scores Percentile If you are a junior, your scores are compared to those of other juniors. If you are a sophomore or younger student, your scores are compared to those of sophomores. Score You can see your projected SAT score online in My College QuickStart ( Score Range

6 National Merit Scholarship Corporation Information The Entry Requirements section displays information you provided on your answer sheet. The Percentile compares your performance to that of other college-bound juniors. The Selection Index is the sum of your critical reading, mathematics and writing skills scores. If it has an asterisk, you do not meet all of the eligibility requirements for the competition.

7 See how you did on each skill. The same skills are tested on the SAT. Your Skills You can try hundreds of practice questions, organized by skill, online in My College QuickStart (

8 Your Answers You will get your test book back with your PSAT/NMSQT results, so that you can review the questions. You can also review each test question in My College QuickStart.

9 Your Answers: Student-Produced Responses Some of the math problems required you to grid in answers instead of selecting an option. For these questions, you will see the correct answer(s) written out.

10 What’s next? Use the access code on your report to log in to My College QuickStart, a personalized college and career planning kit. There you can: Search for colleges Get a personalized SAT study plan Take a personality test to find majors and careers that fit you Next Steps

11 My College QuickStart

12 My Online Score Report Projected SAT® score ranges State percentiles You can filter questions Questions and answer explanations

13 My College QuickStart My SAT Study Plan™ Personalized skills to improve SAT practice questions An official SAT practice test

14 My College QuickStart My Personality Personality test Description of your type Tips for success Majors and careers that might be a good fit for you

15 My College QuickStart My College Matches Starter list of colleges Criteria to customize search Ability to save searches

16 My College QuickStart My Majors & Career Matches Major you chose Related majors Related careers

17 My College QuickStart Log in to your personalized account at

18  SAT & SAT Subject Tests:  March 12 th (Deadline Feb 11 th )  May 7 st (Deadline April 8 th )  June 4 th (Deadline May 6 th )  ACT Tests: -February 12 th (Deadline January 7 th ) -April 9 th (March 4 th ) -June 11 th (May 6 th ) Don’t forget to Register!

19  Schedule at  See counselor for fee waiver if free or reduced lunch  SAT prep options  Score choice: you can choose which test to send to colleges. SAT

20  Schedule at  We recommend spring of junior year  More aligned with high school curriculum  Review your PLAN results from last year to help you make an informed decision!  Sign up for ACT (+writing)  Most all colleges accept either SAT or ACT! ACT

21 College Admissions…  What are some things to consider in your college search? 20  Let’s see what one college expert says… 

22 What’s in a Name? 21 On a piece of scratch paper… Brainstorm as many names of colleges you can think of.

23 What’s in a Name? 22  How many people had UW on their list?  Someone name a school that they don’t think will be on anyone else’s list?  What Colleges/Universities did you name?  What made those schools stand out?  What are some similarities or differences in those schools?  How will you decide what schools would be a good fit for you?

24 College Viewbook Search 23  Look through the view books.  Work in pairs. Someone take notes.  Fill out the form and be ready to share!

25 What are YOU looking for? 24  Colleges are not the only ones who can be selective – YOU should carefully choose them!  What are you looking for?  View books are only 1 way to search.  What are some other ways you can find out about schools?

26 How do you pick a college? 25  Picking a college is like picking a new best friend…  How do you pick your friends?  Spending time together  Learning about each other & the interests you share  Overlooking small things that might bug you (i.e. the C- in that class last year…the fact that the laundry facilities are in the basement & that the whole campus isn’t wireless)  Looking forward in the same direction- having the same goals.  Substance vs. reputation & status

27 Next Steps… 26  Register and take the SAT and/or ACT  Choose rigorous classes for senior year.  Start building your list of colleges  Attend the college Conference on January 27 th at Sammamish  Visit top choices over breaks  Come see your counselor if you are stuck!

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