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1 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

2 Founder and CEO – Bell Curves Akil Bello

3 Helping people fill in bubbles since 1990 Akil Bello

4 In 2003, Bell Curves was founded by Akil and Hashim Bello. Bell Curves

5 Provides test preparation services for major admission tests (SAT, GMAT, GRE) Bell Curves

6 7 employees, 8 cities and 1 territory, 40 part-time instructors, students Bell Curves

7 Partners with public schools, universities, NPOs, and CBOs.

8 Akil Bello In 2013, he’s continued helping people of color achieve higher education

9 © Bell Curves 2013

10 Math: 428 CR: 428 W: 417 Math: 448 CR: 465 W: 443 Math: 535 CR: 527 W: 517 Average SAT scores By ethnicity

11 PSAT versus SAT How the PSAT differs from the SAT

12 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.

13 Use the SOAS to inform academic staff about strengths and weaknesses

14 Question by question analysis can reveal trends and patterns

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16 Skills categories are not aligned to state or Common Core … yet

17 © Bell Curves 2013

18 © Bell Curves 2013  Lack of content knowledge  Lack of test savvy (practice, comfort, strategy, stamina)  Inability to adapt habits  Over-reliance on external support Challenges to testing success

19 © Bell Curves 2013 Specific instructions Familiar wording 1. Expand the following polynomial and then simplify the equation: 3(10x + 5y) + 5 = What is the value of 10x + 5y, if 3(10x + 5y) + 5= 172 ? (A) 167 (B) 122 (C) (D) (E) 0.37 Lack of instruction Reasoning and calculation Unfamiliar structure Inaccurate expections and lack of familiarity Challenges to testing success

20 © Bell Curves What aspect of Manchu Picchu contributed to the romanticizing of exploration? Direct questions on known content Familiar wording and structure Habits that are counter to test philosophy Challenges to testing success In the summer of 1911, the explorer Hiram Bingham bushwhacked his way to a high ridge in the Andes of Peru and beheld a dreamscape out of the past. There, set against looming peaks cloaked in snow and wreathed in clouds, was Machu Picchu, the famous “lost city” of the Incas. This expression, popularized by Bingham, served as a magical elixir for rundown imaginations. The words evoked the romanticism of exploration and archaeology at the time. But finding Machu Picchu was easier than solving the mystery of its place in the rich and powerful Inca empire. The imposing architecture attested to the skill and audacity of the Incas. But who had lived at this isolated site and for what purpose?

21 © Bell Curves The words “magical elixir” (line 7) primarily emphasize the (A) motivation for an expedition (B) captivating power of a phrase (C) inspiration behind a discovery (D) creative dimension of archaeology (E) complexity of an expression Answers contingent on vocabulary Wrong (trap?) answers anticipate mistakes Lack of content knowledge Challenges to testing success

22 © Bell Curves 2013 Lack of Test Savvy Challenges to testing success A B 1. In the figure above, what is the length of hypotenuse BC? A B C C In the figure above, what is the length of side AC, if AB is 3 and BC is 5? (A) 4 (B) 5 (C) 7 (D) 12 (E) 25

23 PSAT and SAT Preparing students for the

24 Tests are not evil monsters, test prep is not magic fairy dust. Kill the Monsters and Fairies

25 © Bell Curves 2013 Provide Support

26 © Bell Curves 2013 Teach Kids How to Score

27  Understand pacing  Understand scoring  Understand guessing

28 Know HOW to take the test! John Q. StudentJennifer Jones Attempted60 (of 67)36 (of 67) Right3630 Wrong246 Blank737 Raw score Reading Scaled Score

29 SAT pacing advice: Speed Kills! John Q. StudentJennifer Jones Attempted60 (of 67)36 (of 67) Right3630 Wrong246 Blank737 Raw score3029 Reading Scaled Score490

30 Understand conversion charts

31 © Bell Curves 2013 Ways to support effective prep  Build confidence  Understand scoring & pacing  Know the differences  Be the planner  Know the resources  Engage underlying skills

32 © Bell Curves 2013 Know the resources

33 © Bell Curves 2013 Good practice tests are available

34 © Bell Curves 2013 Know the resources

35 © Bell Curves 2013 Know the resources

36 © Bell Curves 2013 Know the resources

37 © Bell Curves 2013 All vocabulary is SAT vocabulary Engage Underlying Skills

38 SAT Grammar

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40 © Bell Curves – QOTD – online course (free) – headlines – blog, Q&A - blog Online resources

41 © Bell Curves 2013 Bell Curves Blogs ACT vs SAT SAT Reading Passages those-crazy-stories/ Vocabulary batman-batters-bungler-bane/ Online resources

42 Akil Bello Husband, Father, Entrepreneur, Teacher |


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