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1 Understanding PSAT/NMSQT Results The PSAT/NMSQT is cosponsored by the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

2 2Understanding PSAT/NMSQT Results, 9/07 AVID STUDENTS!!!!! Please do not lose or misplace your results document or your test booklet. AVID teachers want to use these two handouts in the classroom for assignments.

3 3Understanding PSAT/NMSQT Results, 9/07 5 Main Parts of the Score Report 1. Your Scores 2. Review Your Answers 3. Improve Your Skills 4. National Merit Scholarship Programs Information 5. Your Educational Plans

4 4Understanding PSAT/NMSQT Results, 9/07 3 Sections of the Test Critical Reading - Blue Mathematics - Green Writing Skills - Orange

5 5Understanding PSAT/NMSQT Results, 9/07 Your Scores Ranges 46........... 50........... 54 Section 1: Your Scores

6 6Understanding PSAT/NMSQT Results, 9/07 Percentiles If you are a junior, your scores are compared to other juniors. If you are a sophomore, or younger, your scores are compared to sophomores. Get more information at

7 7Understanding PSAT/NMSQT Results, 9/07 Percentiles 1........... 56......... 100 higher than 55 juniors lower than 44 juniors

8 8Understanding PSAT/NMSQT Results, 9/07 Section 2: Review Your Answers Question number Correct Answer Your Answer Level of Difficulty You will get your test book with your score report, so you can review the test questions. Get more information at

9 9Understanding PSAT/NMSQT Results, 9/07 Review Your Answers: Math Also shows the math content area of each question: Alg = Algebra & Functions Data = Data Analysis, Statistics & Probability Geom = Geometry & Measurement Num = Number & Operations

10 10Understanding PSAT/NMSQT Results, 9/07 Review Your Answers: Math Student- Produced Responses Only answers gridded in the ovals are scored.

11 11Understanding PSAT/NMSQT Results, 9/07 Answer Summary & Scoring Correct answer = plus 1 point Omitted answers = no points Wrong answers to multiple- choice questions = minus ¼ point. (To discourage students from blind or random guessing.) Wrong answers to math questions 29-38 (Student Produced Responses) = No points lost.

12 12Understanding PSAT/NMSQT Results, 9/07 Section 3: Improve Your Skills The skills listed are based on your individual performance. Follow the suggestions noted in how to improve and work with your teachers. Review skills using questions listed

13 13Understanding PSAT/NMSQT Results, 9/07 Section 4: National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) Programs Selection Index Percentile Entry Requirements

14 14Understanding PSAT/NMSQT Results, 9/07 Section 5: Your Educational Plans Based on the college major you provided on the answer sheet, this section will give you: Description of what college students learn and do with that major Associated skills Recommended high school courses Get more information at

15 15Understanding PSAT/NMSQT Results, 9/07 After You Receive Your PSAT/NMSQT Score Report Review your answers by revisiting test questions with which you had difficulty.

16 16Understanding PSAT/NMSQT Results, 9/07 Your Online Access Code After You Receive Your PSAT/NMSQT Score Report Create a free account to access MyCollege QuickStart at

17 17Understanding PSAT/NMSQT Results, 9/07 At Free, personalized college and career planning kit: My Online Score Report My SAT Study Plan (for high school students) My College Matches My Major & Career Matches

18 18Understanding PSAT/NMSQT Results, 9/07 At Review your online score report: Sort questions by difficulty level and question type View complete answer explanations For high school students: Projected SAT scores: what your scores may be on the SAT State percentiles: how you did compared to other students in your state* Sort Questions * Ninth graders will see state percentile ranges.

19 19Understanding PSAT/NMSQT Results, 9/07 Free explanations for the answers to every test question, including why the correct answer is the best choice. At

20 20Understanding PSAT/NMSQT Results, 9/07 High school students receive additional practice for the SAT: Practice SAT questions Practice SAT essay Student-written sample SAT essays Official SAT practice test Middle school students receive instructions to sign up for The Official SAT® Question of the Day At

21 21Understanding PSAT/NMSQT Results, 9/07 A list of colleges in your state that offer the major youre interested in. Select additional search criteria to refine their college list. At

22 22Understanding PSAT/NMSQT Results, 9/07 At View profiles of the college major you chose as well as related majors and careers. Connect to MyRoad, an interactive college and career planning website. MyRoad comes complete with major and career profiles, an online magazine, self-discovery tools, a planning portfolio, and more.

23 23Understanding PSAT/NMSQT Results, 9/07 How can the PSAT be used to estimate SAT scores? The PSAT point scale of 20 to 80 is comparable to the SAT point scale of 200 to 800. A quick way to estimate a comparable SAT score is to add a zero to the end of a PSAT/NMSQT score. For example, a 42 on the PSAT critical reading section is roughly equivalent to a 420 on the SAT critical reading section.

24 24Understanding PSAT/NMSQT Results, 9/07 SAT Test Dates January 24 th Registration Deadline Dec. 26 th March 14 th Registration Deadline Feb. 10 th May 2 nd Registration Deadline March 31 st June 6 th Registration Deadline May 5 th Talk to your counselors for additional assistance...or go to

25 25Understanding PSAT/NMSQT Results, 9/07 SAT PREP CLASS 0 Period To help improve your scores even more we have a O period being taught by Mrs. Cass for SAT Prep English and Mrs. Parker is teaching SAT Prep Math. This is a class for a grade and for credits. Put in a request to your counselor if you are interested.

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