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PSAT and SAT Everything you wanted to know about the exams but were afraid to ask, didn’t know who to ask, didn’t get a satisfactory answer or didn’t believe the answer you got… OSSE Professional Development Seminar September 24, 2013 – Washington, DC
Founder and CEO – Bell Curves Akil Bello
Helping people fill in bubbles since 1990 Akil Bello
In 2003, Bell Curves was founded by Akil and Hashim Bello. Bell Curves
Provides test preparation services for major admission tests (SAT, GMAT, GRE) Bell Curves
7 employees, 8 cities and 1 territory, 40 part-time instructors, students Bell Curves
Partners with public schools, universities, NPOs, and CBOs.
Akil Bello In 2013, he’s continued helping people of color achieve higher education
Math: 428 CR: 428 W: 417 Math: 448 CR: 465 W: 443 Math: 535 CR: 527 W: 517 Average SAT scores By ethnicity
PSAT versus SAT How the PSAT differs from the SAT
PSATSAT Timing 2.5 hours3.75 hours Scoring 20 – 80 per section200 – 800 per section Content Same but not quite as advanced as SAT Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Grammar, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension Essay None1 hand-written The PSAT and SAT mostly differ in length.
Use the SOAS to inform academic staff about strengths and weaknesses
Question by question analysis can reveal trends and patterns
Skills categories are not aligned to state or Common Core … yet