# Understanding PSAT/NMSQT Results

```OCTOBER 2008
Understanding
PSAT/NMSQT
Results
The PSAT/NMSQT is cosponsored by the College Board and the
National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
PSATs
•October 2008
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5 Main Parts of the Score Report
1. Your
Scores
2. Review
4. National
Merit
Scholarship
Programs
Information
5. Your
Educational
Plans
3. Improve
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3 Sections of the
Test
Mathematics - Green
Writing Skills - Orange
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Ranges
46 . . . . . . . . . . . 50 . . . . . . . . . . . 54
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Percentiles
• If you are a junior, your scores are
compared to other juniors.
• If you are a sophomore, or younger, your
scores are compared to sophomores.
www.collegeboard.com/quickstart.
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Percentiles
1 . . . . . . . . . . . 56 . . . . . . . .. . . 100
higher than 55 juniors
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lower than 44 juniors
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Section 2:
Review Your
• Question number
• Level of Difficulty
You will get your test book
you can review the test
questions.
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Review Your
Math
Also shows the math
content area of each
question:
• Alg = Algebra &amp; Functions
• Data = Data Analysis,
Statistics &amp; Probability
• Geom = Geometry &amp;
Measurement
• Num = Number &amp;
Operations
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Review Your
Math StudentProduced
Responses
ovals are scored.
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Summary &amp;
Scoring
• Correct answer = plus 1 point
• Omitted answers = no points
• Wrong answers to multiplechoice questions = minus &frac14;
point. (To discourage students
from blind or random
guessing.)
questions 29-38 (Student
Produced Responses) = No
points lost.
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Section 3: Improve
• The skills listed are
performance.
noted in “how to
improve” and work with
• Review skills using
questions listed
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Section 4: National
Merit Scholarship
Corporation (NMSC)
Programs
• Selection Index
• Percentile
• Entry Requirements
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Section 5: Your
Educational Plans
Based on the college major you provided
on the answer sheet, this section will give
you:
• Description of what college students learn
and do with that major
• Associated skills
• Recommended high school courses
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Score Report
• Review your
revisiting test
questions with
difficulty.
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Score Report
• Create a free collegeboard.com account
to access MyCollege QuickStart at
www.collegeboard.com/quickstart.
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At www.collegeboard.com/quickstart:
Free, personalized
college and career
planning kit:
• My Online Score
Report
• My SAT Study Plan
(for high school students)
• My College Matches
• My Major &amp; Career
Matches
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At www.collegeboard.com/quickstart:
• Sort questions by difficulty level and question type
For high school students:
• Projected SAT scores: what your scores may be on the SAT
• State percentiles: how you did compared to other students in
Sort
Questions
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will see state
percentile
ranges.
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At www.collegeboard.com/quickstart:
• Free explanations for
test question, including
is the best choice.
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At www.collegeboard.com/quickstart:
practice for the SAT:
• Practice SAT questions
• Practice SAT essay
• Student-written sample SAT essays
• Official SAT practice test
SAT&reg; Question of the Day
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At www.collegeboard.com/quickstart:
A list of colleges in your
state that offer the major
you’re interested in.
criteria to refine their
college list.
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At www.collegeboard.com/quickstart:
View profiles of the college major
you chose as well as related
majors and careers.
college and career planning
with major and career profiles, an
online magazine, self-discovery
tools, a planning portfolio, and
more.
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Mean PSAT Scores-October, 2008
Cardinal Spellman H.S. Junior Class
•
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Cardinal Spellman
National
48.3
46.8
• Mathematics
48.9
48.9
• Writing
48.7
45.9
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If You Need Assistance or
Have Questions….
• Last Names A to Cave – Mrs. LaCara
• Last Names Cellini to F - Mrs. Hogan
• Last Names G – O – Mrs. Miller
• Last Names – P to Z – Mr. McGrath
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What Now?
• Attend Reverse College Day – January 7
• Register online to take the SATs in either May or in June
process
• Arrange to visit colleges over the April vacation
• Attend the National College Fair
• Go to “Making the College Search Count” held during school
on March 24
• Attend along with your parents ‘The Junior Jumpstart College
Information Night on April 14
• AND…
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•GET GOOD