FREE PSAT TESTING: See information in flyer bellow!!!
Why take the PSAT? The PSAT is not just any test. It is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT I and SAT II tests. It also gives juniors a chance to qualify for National Merit Scholarship Corporation's scholarship programs.
The PSAT measures:
- Verbal reasoning skills
- Critical reading skills
- Math problem-solving skills
- Writing skills
It does not require students to recall specific facts from their coursework.
The most common reasons for taking this test are:
- Provides feedback on strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study.
- Allows students to compare their performance on an admissions test with those of others applying to college.
- Enters the 11th grade students into competition for scholarships.
- Helps prepare for SAT tests. Students become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions seen on the SAT.
- Allows students to receive information from colleges.
- All students who take the PSAT will be provided with a free "My Roads" account which can help with career and college selection.
PSAT Results and How to Interpret Them
- To see how you might do on the SAT... add a zero to the end of your score in the Selection Index box - top right corner of score report. The highest you can score in each section of the test is an 80 on PSAT and 800 on SAT
- Next year, the writing portion and score will probably count towards college admission.
- You have all of the correct answers on your score sheet and your test questions so that you can go back and see what you missed and why you missed it. This means you have a chance to work on your weaknesses. Look for patterns and areas so you can make improvements.
- If you have not already done so - open a free College Board account to help you study for the SAT test and applying for college. This service is tailor made for you and what you need to work on. The information about and instructions to set up an account are on the PSAT score report.
- http://www.collegeboard.com/ also offers tons of info and a question of the day to help students study. You can set this up to email the questions to you. There is also an online short version or practice SAT test. It will be scored and provide some information for you. If you did not take the PSAT especially, consider taking this online test over the holidays.
- Another good free service is http://www.number2.com/ . This service helps kids plan and study for the SAT& ACT. If you set up as a user on the account, it will also email you and the student when they have not visited the site in a while. There is a question and vocabulary word of the day, very helpful!
- Fee waivers for the SAT and ACT are available if you are on free and reduced lunch. Please see the counselor for more information.
- http://www.actstudent.org/ helps you decide if you need to take the ACT and how and what to study for it.
- Should you take the SAT or the ACT or both? There is a summary of info about these two tests and so much more information on the counselors' corner at our high school web site http://sc.lpisd.org/education/dept/dept.php?sectionid=1498
- When should juniors consider taking the SAT? The May or June tests are ideal but please look at your family calendars. Do not forget that many universities now have application deadlines in December or January! It is vital that you start organizing and working on your plans for college, applications, and scholarships now!!!!!
- Begin looking at university web sites. Find the freshman admission information and read it! What SAT scores do they look at, what do they do with AP scores, when is the application deadline, etc.
- http://www.fastweb.com/ helps students sort through scholarship opportunities.
- http://www.tuitionfundingsources.com/ Because we have a contract with Pepsi, our students can access this site which also helps students find grants and scholarships.