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The PSAT/NMSQT serves a number of valuable functions; not only does this test act as the first criterion for National Merit Scholarship recognition, but its scores also offer insight into future SAT results. No, the PSAT is not exactly like the official SAT or even a well-proctored practice SAT, but PSAT scores should give high school juniors a fairly accurate sense of how–in the absence of any other prep, of course–they will score on the SAT. What should we infer, then, from October’s alarmingly low PSAT scores? Anecdotal information has finally been confirmed by College Board, though not in any forum available to the general public. Fortunately, Art Sawyer and his colleagues at Compass Education Group pieced together the fragmented reports available to suss out some alarming conclusions: The number of juniors scoring 1400+ dropped 30%, from 71,000 to less than 50,000. The number of sophomores scoring 1400+ dropped 36%.…

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Everybody knows the old saying, “You reap what you sow.” Just as high school juniors (and some sophomores) take the PSAT in October, so do they receive their scores in December or maybe early January. In some ways, taking the test is the easy part. While there are some good reasons to take the PSAT, the college application is not one of them, since schools won’t use these scores for admissions purposes. This explains why some students–and their parents–might find understanding PSAT scores trickier than answering test questions. To understand the PSAT score report, you must understand both the arbitrary scale and a deceptive similarity to the SAT. PSAT SCALE Anyone who has come up through the American education system understands tests scores on the 1-100 scale or in letter form from A to F. We also grasp the complexities of 4-point GPAs in comparison to 5-point scales. But what…

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The beginning of December can be a very busy time for anyone connected with test prep or college planning.  Why? That’s when students start to get their PSAT scores back and, consequently, when parents get to see their child’s PSAT scores.  For many families, this marks the official beginning of a year or more of test-related angst and pressure. It doesn’t have to be that way. If you’re a parent who hasn’t yet learned what these scores mean and what your next steps should be, consider these tips to get you through the initial discovery of your child’s PSAT score: Other than for National Merit and related scholarship consideration, your child’s PSAT score means nothing!  In fact, a 10th grader’s PSAT score is not even used for National Merit Scholarship competition.  While the PSAT does offer a useful baseline to predict future SAT performance, it is, for all intents and purposes,…

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Take a official, full length practice PSAT under proctored conditions at our Brighton office, and find out your score as soon as you are done! The fee for this proctored test is $40. Only 18 seats are available, and priority goes to students enrolled in our October PSAT Quick Review. Participants MUST register in advance by emailing info@chariotlearning.com. Students should bring pencils, snacks, watches, and calculators. We always administer the full-length SAT from the most recent College Board student bulletin.   Frequently Asked Questions Why are high-quality practice tests so important? What makes a practice test high quality? Are practice tests all that is needed for a higher score?

Anyone who knows Chariot Learning knows that we proctor a LOT of practice exams, most of them free. Because of our community work with libraries and schools, we field a LOT of calls regarding the SAT, ACT, PSAT, and, of course, practice exams. I’ve noticed recently that some of these topics are overlapping in unexpected and unhelpful ways: ME: “Have you considered having your son take a practice SAT?” PARENT: “Yes, we registered for the PSAT.” ME: “No, I mean a practice SAT.” PARENT: “Right, the PSAT.” ME: (⊙_◎) Perhaps the point is not obvious. The PSAT clearly provides some degree of practice for the SAT. However, beyond the picayune distinction that the P in PSAT stands for Preliminary, the PSAT is not exactly a practice SAT and does not provide all the benefits a perfect practice SAT can. CONTENT Every question on the PSAT reflects the structure and content…

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The question of whether to take the PSAT/NMSQT crosses the mind of every high school junior. If nothing else, the PSAT provides insight into the more important (from a college admissions perspective) SAT. That explains why my team and I—long out of high school, mind you—pay so much attention to each year’s tests. Kaeti Stoss taught this season’s PSAT review sessions and compiled some valuable notes about the most distinctive aspects of the Saturday and Wednesday PSATs READING While the Reading sections adhered to established trends, one notable divergence was the absence of old passages; every passage was published in 1970 or later. These more current passages undoubtedly pleased most students, who tend to abhor the classics. Interestingly, the passages in the Founding Documents category were excerpted from President George H. W. Bush’s famous “thousand points of light” speech and Malala Yousafzai’s acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize. WRITING…

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