Monday, October 5, 2009

PSAT Provides Valuable Data For Sophomores (and Juniors)

On Wednesday October 14, 2009 BHS will administer the PSAT to all 10th graders and interested 11th graders. Juniors may download the registration from this link.

At BHS we feel that this testing is important because the PSAT is designed as an early indicator of a student’s readiness for college level work. In addition, the data we receive back allows us to compare our juniors with other juniors across the country and our sophomores with other sophomores.

One of the most valuable portions of the test is Score Report Plus is the "Improve Your Skills" section. Here students get personalized feedback on theirracademic skills, based on their test performance. For each section of the test, Critical Reading, Math, and Writing Skills, students will be directed to two or three skills that need some improvement, as indicated by their answers to questions on the PSAT/NMSQT®. Under each skill that needs work, students will be given suggestions for how to improve that particular skill. The set of skills students will find on your Score Report Plus are unique to you.

My College QuickStart is an easy-to-use, online, personalized college and career planning kit available free of charge to all students who take the PSAT/NMSQT. The information and answers students provided when they took the test are incorporated into this useful tool, and it presents their data back to them in four main parts: My Online Score Report, My SAT Study Plan, My College Matches, and My Major and Career Matches. Access is available using the access code printed on the student's paper score report. Visit Access is available using the access code printed on the student’s paper score report.

Finally, the PSAT is an excellent opportunity to prepare and gain an understanding of the SAT exam. Juniors are also eligible for a National Merit Scholarship depending on their scores.

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