Dear Junior and Sophomore Parents,
PSAT scores for our sophomores and juniors will be released through the College Board beginning Tuesday, December 12, 2017. Students who took the PSAT in October 2017 should have received an email inviting them to create an account and view their PSAT score online. If, for some reason your child did not receive this email, please contact your counselor for help in obtaining log in information.
Please use the following information to help you read through your PSAT results:
Your score report will include a total score, section scores, cross-test scores, and subscores — all of which will give you better insight into your performance. Your score report will also include the NMSC Selection Index, which is calculated by doubling the sum of your Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Test scores (which are different from the section scores). NMSC uses the Selection Index as an initial screen of the large number of entrants to its National Merit® Scholarship Program.
There are two sections on the test – Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math. These mirror the redesigned SAT and are on new scales ranging from a 160 to 760 (instead of 200 to 800). These scores are based on percentiles, not total correct answers, so it’s important to understand your scores. The score report will also show the correct answers, the answers you gave, and the difficulty level of each question. In the Next Steps section, you will see a message about your potential for success in AP courses based on your scores.
Please click on the following link to view a very helpful video in interpreting the PSAT:
Once the initial information provided on the score report has been digested, it’s time to consider using the PSAT results as a tool to prepare for college entrance exams—the SAT and the ACT. Thanks to a partnership with Khan Academy, students will be able to link their PSAT scores to practice materials which will support skill-building across tests. Although targeted to the SAT, the similarity between the redesigned SAT and the ACT should help students prepare more efficiently for both tests. As a partner with the College Board, Khan Academy will offer “official” SAT practice at no cost. Students will have access to thousands of SAT test questions and four full-length SATs.
As always, I feel it is important to note that these scores, as with any standardized or admission tests, should
not be viewed in isolation. Based upon feedback from numerous college admission professionals, the two most valued components of admission to college continue to be grades and the courses they are enrolled in. If you have any questions regarding your child’s score please do not hesitate to contact your child’s designated school counselor.
Director of Counseling Services 6-12