Using Your PSAT 8/9 Scores to Prepare for College ...

Using Your PSAT 8/9 Scores to Prepare for College ...

Using Your PSAT 8/9 Scores to Prepare for College TM Instructions for Using This Lesson Plan The PSAT 8/9 supports students on their path to college readiness. TM Like all of the assessments in the SAT Suite of Assessments, the PSAT 8/9 offers scores and reports that provide insightful information about individual student performance on the assessment, including a predicted PSAT/NMSQT score and their progress toward the college readiness benchmarks.

The purpose of this lesson is to support educators as they review PSAT/NMSQT scores and reports with students. The lesson can be used with your students in a computer lab, leading them through the online reports and resources available to them when they log in to their College Board account. The lesson also takes the students through their paper score report step by step, explaining each section of the report and the scores they receive. In addition, this lesson shares college planning resources with students to help them investigate colleges, majors, and their own interests on the path to college readiness. 2 Instructions for Using This Lesson Plan (cont.)

The lesson is divided into sections, Section one: the online reporting portal Section two: the paper score report Section three: additional college planning resources Some information in each of these sections is repeated to allow the flexibility to review only the online portion or only the paper score report. Lesson includes: Use slides: Reduce notes for slides:

Approximate Time Required Both online reporting portal and paper score report 127 19 (repeats notes for slide 12) 90 minutes 20 (repeats notes for slide 13) 22 (repeats notes for slide 12) 23 (repeats notes for slide 15) Online reporting portal only

114, 2127 Paper score report only 14, 1527 None 60 minutes None 45 minutes Use this table to tailor the lesson as needed. 3 Using Your PSAT 8/9

Scores to Prepare for College TM Get to Know the PSAT 8/9 TM The PSAT 8/9 is highly relevant to your future success because it focuses on the skills and knowledge at the heart of education. It measures: What you learn in high school What you need to succeed in college The PSAT 8/9 measures reading, writing and language, and math skills

developed over many years, both in and out of school. The PSAT 8/9 does not ask you to recall facts from literature, history, or science, or to complete math formulas, because it measures your reasoning and critical thinking skills. You dont have to discover secret tricks or cram the night before. There is no penalty for guessing on the PSAT 8/9. The assessment is 2 hours, 25 minutes. 5

Benefits of Taking the PSAT 8/9 Get a baseline of your college readiness. Prepare for the PSAT/NMSQT and SAT . TM Get free, personalized, and focused practice through Khan Academy . Start getting ready for college with college and career planning tools. See which AP courses for which you might be ready.

6 How Do I Access My PSAT 8/9 Scores and Reports? TM 1. Review your online score reports. 2. Review your paper score report. 7 How Do I Access My Online PSAT 8/9 Scores and Reports? TM Create a new College Board account

or log in to an existing one at 8 How Do I Access My Online PSAT 8/9 Scores and Reports? (cont.) TM 1. Log in to your account. 2. Select PSAT 8/9 Scores. *Or* 3. Use Add Scores to locate scores. 9 What Will I Learn About

My Scores? 10 How Do I See My Detailed Scores? 11 How Will I Do on the PSAT-Related Assessment Next Year? The predicted PSAT 8/9 or PSAT/NMSQT score is an initial projection based on current data and concordance. TM

12 How Did My Score Measure Against the Benchmarks? Section scores report scores in performance zones that indicate whether you are on track to meet the college readiness benchmarks on the SAT . For section scores Need to Strengthen Skills = below grade-level benchmark by more than one year Approaching Benchmark = below grade-level benchmark by one year or less Meets or Exceeds Benchmark = at or above grade-level benchmark The red, yellow, and green ranges in the test scores and subscores reflect areas of strengths and weaknesses compared to the typical

performance of students. 13 What Do My Scores Tell Me? Section, test, and subscores all report scores in performance zones that indicate whether you are on track for meeting the college readiness benchmarks on the SAT . 14 How Can I Improve My Academic Skills?

Skills Insight informs you about what you are already likely able to do, and how you can improve your skills. TM 15 What Can I Learn from the Questions? Check the level of difficulty of each question and the related subscores and cross-test scores. Look at the types of questions I answered incorrectly and skipped: Identify the level of difficulty. How many questions did I miss at each level?

Was I more likely to skip questions associated with any subscore or cross-test score? What inferences can I make about areas for improvement based on the types of questions I missed and skipped? 16 What Is My AP Potential ? AP Potential uses scores from the PSAT 8/9 to provide predictions for two AP Exams for ninth-grade students. TM

College Board research shows that students who score a 3 or higher on an AP Exam typically experience greater academic success in college and are more likely to earn a college degree on time than non-AP students. 17 What Are My Next Steps? Continue to take challenging courses in high school Link scores with Khan Academy

Set up a practice plan and stick to it Utilize other resources to research and prepare for college Official SAT Practice with Khan Academy Its FREE! Go to and create a

free account. Get personalized recommendations. Link your Khan Academy account to your College Board account to import past SAT Suite results, or take diagnostic quizzes to get personalized recommendations. Create a study plan. Select a test date and set up a practice schedule. How Can I Practice with Khan Academy ?

Watch a video introducing Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy . Thousands of practice questions and videos covering every SAT concept Six official, full-length SAT practice tests with more to come Personalized recommendations based on each students strengths and weaknesses Tailored practice schedule mapping out each students path to test day SAT tips and strategies, sharing information about each part of the test What Steps Will I Follow to Link My College Board Account to Khan Academy ?

Step 1 Log in or create a Khan Academy account. Step 2 When prompted, agree to link your Khan Academy and College Board accounts. You will then be directed to Step 3 Sign in or create a College Board Account. Step 4 When prompted, hit Send to authorize the account linking. Step 5 Start practicing on Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy! 21 How can I Link My College Board and Khan Academy Accounts?

After successfully logging in to your College Board account, you will be asked to authorize the account linking. After clicking Send, you will be redirected to SAT Practice on the Khan Academy site. You can remove the link at any time by clicking on Revoke, which is found in your College Board account

settings. 22 What Additional Resources Will Help Me Prepare for My Future? BigFuture College Action Plan College Search Scholarships Financial Aid Roadmap to Careers

Student Search Service 23 BigFuture Search Colleges, Scholarships, and Careers Search for colleges.

Watch videos from real students. Hear from education professionals. Learn about different colleges. Get help paying for college. Build a personalized plan for getting into college. 24

Road Map to Careers Roadtrip Nation and College Board are partnering to help students connect with careers. Choose your core interests. Watch videos of leaders who share your interests. Learn about majors and careers that align to your interests.

See examples of leaders who followed a similar path. 25 Student Search Service Connects students with information about educational and financial aid opportunities. Participate voluntarily. Connect with more than 1,200 colleges, universities, scholarship programs, and educational organizations.

Sign up when you take the test: 1. Choose to participate in Student Search Service when registering for a College Board test (fill in the circle on the answer sheet). 2. Provide information about yourself on your answer sheet. 3. Participating organizations can then search for groups of students who may be a good fit. 4. FYI: The College Board never shares information on disabilities, parental education, self-reported parental income, Social Security numbers, phone numbers, or actual test scores through Student Search Service. 26 Thank You.

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