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PSAT Score Report Guide

Now that you are beginning to get access to your students’ PSAT/NMSQT scores, you may have questions on how to read the report and what the best uses are.

Summit has put together the following guide to understanding a PSAT score report.

 

View our Free PSAT Score Report Guide

 

 

PSAT Score Report Webinar

We will also be hosting a webinar walking you through the PSAT Score Report. There is still time to register!

When: Thursday, December 13, 2018
Time: 6:30-7:30 PM
Link to Register

The webinar will focus on a deeper dive on the scores that are contained in that report, and also how that report can best be used to identify students’ strengths and weaknesses.

We will also discuss how the PSAT compares to the SAT to give students further insights into these two tests.

We hope that you can join us for this informative session. If you know someone who may be interested in attending, please feel free to forward this email.

Please Note: If you can’t make it on December 13, please register anyway and we’ll send you a replay.

 

Register for our Webinar: PSAT Score Report

 

 

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The College That Fits Your Child: Pasadena Seminar 10/2/18

Looking to find the college that best fits your child or to obtain free money?  We will show you how to find schools that are the right fit as we walk you through the admissions process.  Learn about merit money opportunities and what you can do to better your child’s chances of receiving this free money, regardless of whether your child is a top student or an average student.

Understand why starting the college early can offer significant advantages. This seminar class is particularly important if your student is at the top of the class, has learning differences, is an athlete, or is average. See what it takes to get into an Ivy and why your child may be rejected from the school you considered to be a “safety” school.

2018 was a year of significant change, Standardized testing has changed, admissions have become more competitive than ever, and a new “Coalition” application is being used by some colleges. In addition, the financial aid application process has undergone recent changes that require planning in the freshman year of high school.

Parents who are separated, divorced, or never married will learn what they should know about financial aid. Dr. Lee Ann Cornell has spent years working in this field and has a wide breadth of knowledge on this subject and a staff of recognized experts to help your child achieve their dreams.

Immigrant parents or parents whose children will be the first in their family to attend college will find this class very helpful.  You will learn the subtleties of the college process and develop an understanding of how your child may be at a disadvantage at some schools and have advantages at others.

Dr. Lee Ann Cornell manages the California practice of College Solutions. She brings ten years of admission experience from several colleges. Dr. Cornell understands exactly how to position a student in the admission process. She specializes in essay brainstorming and editing, as well as application mapping.

Cheating on the August SAT?

THOUGHTS ON THE AUGUST SAT

 In SAT

As some of you might have heard, there is significant evidence that last Saturday’s August SAT test was similar to, if not the same as, the international October 2017 SAT.  This reuse of testing materials raises two important issues. While the College Board releases test forms from recently administered tests three times a year, the international October 2017 SAT was not one of them. However, this form was leaked illegally online months prior to Saturday’s test, and thus, some students may have seen that test prior to Saturday’s administration. Furthermore, there are reports that students who sat for the international October 2017 SAT and took Saturday’s test, were given the same form.

Unfortunately, it is common practice for some individuals and test prep firms to circulate the questions and answers immediately after a test is administered. In short order, the entire test is reconstructed and posted on various websites like Reddit, giving access to those who are so inclined. If that test is not reused by the College Board, the consequences of such activity are negligible. On the other hand, if the test is administered again, some students obviously gain an unfair advantage.

THE PRACTICE OF REUSING TESTS

As of this email, the College Board has not responded, but it’s important to note that their practice – and the ACT’s practice – of reusing tests is not new, and it’s intentional. For example, the international May SAT was recycled from a U.S. April school day test. Reuters also details examples in an investigative piece it did not too long ago.

Cheating is offensive. When I was in college, first time cheaters were suspended. Zero tolerance. At breakfast this morning, my 10-year-old daughter Bailey asked me what I had to work on today, and I told her I was going to write about cheating on the SAT. She turned to me and said, “Cheating is a real pet peeve of mine.” I laughed and said, “Mine, too, Bai.” Integrity is dear to us at Summit, and it has been for 30 years. It’s one of our 6 Core Values. Maybe to the chagrin of some students and families, Summit will never, ever use these recycled test forms. It’s wrong, it’s unethical, and it’s illegal.

There are 7 national test dates, roughly 5 separate school day tests, and Sunday testing for students with religious conflicts. So, if the College Board is to administer unique tests on every separate test date, they need to create north of 20 tests per year, or a test every 2-3 weeks. And they need to do this year in and year out. While I absolutely do not condone the College Board’s reuse of test forms, it is not hard to understand why even an organization of their size would do so.

But as long as the College Board reuses test forms, and as long as test scores are part of the competitive college admissions process, the nefarious practice of publishing unofficial test forms on the internet will continue. I don’t know the percentage of students who gained an advantage this past Saturday, but I imagine it is tiny, probably less than 0.1%. Apparently, the College Board is willing to accept that. Perhaps the bigger question is whether colleges will continue to accept that as well.

Charlie O'Hearn

Charlie O’Hearn

Charlie O’Hearn is the Founder and CEO of Summit Educational Group, a 28-year old test prep and tutoring company that serves students, families, and schools in southern New England and New York. A graduate of Yale University, Charlie is an expert in the field of tutoring and test preparation. He has written a number of highly regarded test preparation books, and he is a frequent speaker and panelist at education conferences and forums around the country.

Do I Take the Writing Section on the SAT or ACT?

Should I take the writing section on the SAT or ACT? The answer to this question is always YES! There is no downside to taking the added section, excluding the added time and cost.  While few schools require the section and slightly more recommend it.  A student must have the writing section of the SAT or ACT to apply to those colleges. Some of the colleges that super-score tests will not super-score tests unless all of the tests have the writing section. Colleges change their admission requirements every year, sometimes in the middle of the admission cycle. Students are never sure of where they are applying until they submit the application. Taking the SAT or ACT writing section every time a student takes the test assures that they meet the minimum requirements for applying.

The list below is from www.Compassprep.com . You should always check with the school to know their specific requirements.

National Merit Scholarship: What Are the Chances?

For all the talk and obsession with National Merit, students may be better off studying more diligently, selecting more challenging curricula, or looking for more (or larger) scholarships than focusing on what the National Merit Scholarship (NMS) organization ultimately offers.

 

All PSAT test takers in junior year of high school are automatically considered for National Merit Scholarships. Students with the highest scores on the PSAT are recognized each year with the offer of a scholarship.

 

Students must earn a specific score to earn Semifinalist status (designated by the 99th percentile for test takers in that state). To determine who qualifies for National Merit, NMSC (National Merit Scholarship Corporation) adds the Math, Reading, and Writing section scores, which each fall between 8 and 38, and then multiplies that sum by 2. Thus, the NMSC Selection Index ranges from 48 to 228. The difference in cutoffs from state to state is tremendous. Semifinalist students then submit applications, must take the SAT and are considered for Finalist status.

 

Sampling of cutoffs for Class of 2018:

 

(Highest cutoff scores- DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA and NEW JERSEY)                     223

CALIFORNIA                                                                                                                         222

MASSACHUSETTS                                                                                                              222

VIRGINIA                                                                                                                               222

NORTH CAROLINA                                                                                                            219

 (Lowest cut-off scores- WEST VIRGINIA and WYOMING)                                   212

 

Half of National Merit Finalists are offered a National Merit scholarship, decided by a NMSC committee and based on academic achievement. Of course, every bit of aid counts, but the cash part of these benefits aren’t as plentiful as families might think. NMSC and sponsoring corporations and colleges offer scholarships to about 8,700 students. That is .5% of the 1.6 million PSAT test takers last year – and .04% (one twenty-fifth of a percent) of the 20 million high school graduates who entered college last fall.  Many students across the country don’t take the PSAT, and as the criteria is the PSAT score, these students are not considered.

 

NMSC offers the following scholarships:

  1. National Merit scholarships – 2,500 of these one-time $2,500 awarded in March (of student senior year). Selected by committee, all Finalists are automatically considered for these scholarships.
  2. Corporate-sponsored scholarships – 2,200 renewable scholarships awarded in March. The money amounts vary in size (up to $10,000) but are designated almost solely for children of those corporations.
  3. College-sponsored scholarships – 180 colleges offer multiple four-year renewable scholarships, from $500 to full tuition, most of them in the $400-$2,000 range. These are awarded starting May 1, and recipients must be National Merit Finalists to be considered. Students have to indicate their top college choice, and, if selected, will receive the scholarship from only that college. These are not transferrable to any other college. (See list of colleges that offer full-ride scholarships at the end of this article.)

For these college-sponsored scholarships, Finalist selection occurs in February of a student’s senior year and final scholarship recipients are identified after that.  If a student receives a National Merit Scholarship, the timing is such that the offer might occur after the college application process is over and the student has already accepted admission at a different college.

 

Students have control over their grades, involvement, and essays, and those factors will be much more relevant in the admissions process than the National Merit designation – or most likely the amount of money attached to it.

 

 

COLLEGES THAT OFFER NATIONAL MERIT FULL TUITION OR FULL-RIDE SCHOLARSHIPS:

ALABAMA

University of Alabama
NMSF Award: Full Tuition (NMSF + 3.5 GPA required)
NMF Award: Full tuition (up to 5 years) + 1 year housing + $3,500/year + $2,000 expenses + iPad
National Merit and National Achievement Scholarships – Undergraduate Scholarships – The University of Alabama

University of Alabama – Huntsville
NMSF Award: Full Tuition + fees + $500/year book stipend
NMF Award: Full Ride
UAH – Financial Aid – Entering Freshmen – General Information

University of Alabama – Birmingham
NMF Award: Full Tuition + fees + one year of housing + $3,500 annual stipend + $2,000 summer research or study abroad + iPad
http://scholarships.ua.edu/nationalscholars/

Faulkner University
NMSF Award: Full Tuition
NMF Award: Full tuition + fees + room & board
Faulkner University – Scholarships

Oakwood University
NMF Award: Full tuition + room
NMSF Award: Full Tuition
http://www.oakwood.edu/images/zfiles/enrollment/admission-forms/Academic%20Scholarships.pdf

Troy University
NMF Award: Full tuition + room & board
http://admissions.troy.edu/undergraduate/troy-scholarships.html

ALASKA

University of Alaska – Anchorage
NMF Award: Full tuition + $1,000/yr stipend
National Merit Tuition Waiver Scholarship

ARIZONA

University of Arizona
NMF Award: Full tuition + ($30,000/year + iPad + $1,500 expenses)
2013-2014 Terms and Conditions | financialaid.arizona.edu

ARKANSAS

Harding University 
NMF/NMSF Award: Full tuition
Harding University – Admissions – Scholarships

University of Arkansas – Monticello
NMF Award: Full tuition + fees + room & board stipend
University of Arkansas at Monticello

CALIFORNIA

Pacific Union College
NMF Award: Full tuition
NMSF Award: Half tuition
https://www.puc.edu/admissions/finance

FLORIDA

Florida A&M
NMF Award: Full tuition + $2000/year books/stipend + laptop
http://www.famu.edu/index.cfm?UniversityScholarships&Life-Gets-BetterScholarship
Note: Must major in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Mathematics, or Physics

Florida College
NMF/NMSF Award: Full tuition
http://www.floridacollege.edu/admissions/financial-aid/scholarships/academic-scholarships/

Florida International University
NMF Award: Full tuition + fees + room & board
http:/;/admissions.fiu.edu/costs-and-aid/scholarships/index.html

University of Central Florida
NMF Award: Full tuition + laptop + guaranteed housing
https://admissions.ucf.edu/files/2012/09/NatMerit_2013.pdf

Lynn University
NMF Award: Full tuition
National Merit Scholarship ? Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida

IDAHO

University of Idaho
NMF Award: Full Tuition + Fees + Room & Board
National Merit Scholars-Financial Aid & Scholarships-University of Idaho

INDIANA

University of Evansville
NMF Award: Full Tuition
NMSF Award: $20,000/year (approximately 2/3 tuition)
Freshmen Merit Scholarships for Fall 2014 – Tuition and Aid – University of Evansville

KANSAS

Fort Hays State University
NMF Award: Full tuition + fees + room & board + books
NMSF Award: Full tuition + fees + room & board + books
Opportunities for High-Achieving Students – Fort Hays State University

Wichita State University
NMF Award: $20,000/year for non-residents, $12,000/year residents. Can be applied to tuition, room & board, and fees.
http://webs.wichita.edu/?u=merit_scholarships&p=/National_merit/

KENTUCKY

University of Kentucky
Award: Full tuition + fees + room & board + $1,000 annual stipend + iPad 2 + $2,000 summer abroad program
Academic Scholarships for Freshmen | UK Student Financial Aid and Scholarships

LOUISIANA

Louisiana Tech University
NMF Award: Full tuition + fees + room & board + $5,000 bonus award (laptop, study abroad, or 5th year of study)
http://admissions.latech.edu/tuition_fees/pdfs/freshman_scholarships.pdf

MARYLAND

Washington Adventist University
NMF Award: Full tuition
NMSF Award: 3/4 Tuition
http://www.wau.edu/component/content/article/25-financial-planning/58-scholarships

MICHIGAN

Andrews University 
NMF Award: Full tuition
http://www.andrews.edu/future/financing/scholarships/index.html

MINNESOTA

University of Minnesota – Morris
NMF Award: Full tuition
NMSF Award: Up to $4,000 over four years
University of Minnesota, Morris | Admissions | Scholarships

MISSISSIPPI

Mississippi State University
NMF Award: Full tuition, fees, books, and room
NSMF Award: Full tuition, fees, and books
Academic Scholarships for Entering Freshmen – Scholarships || Office of Admissions and Scholarships || Mississippi State University

University of Southern Mississippi
NMF Award: Full tuition + fees + room & board + books + $4,000 study abroad stipend
NMSF Award: Full tuition + fees
Freshman Scholarships | The University of Southern Mississippi

University of Mississippi
NMF Award: Full tuition + room
NMSF Award: Full tuition + room
The University of Mississippi ? Office of Financial Aid

NEBRASKA

University of Nebraska
NMF Award: Full tuition + $2,000/year
Chancellor’s Scholarships | Scholarships & Financial Aid | University of Nebraska?Lincoln

NEVADA

University of Nevada – Las Vegas
NMF Award: Full Tuition + Study Abroad
President’s Scholarship | Financial Aid & Scholarships | University of Nevada, Las Vegas

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Rivier University
NMF Award: Full tuition + room & board
http://www.rivier.edu/admissions.aspx?menu=98&id=1119&act=1118

NEW JERSEY

New Jersey Institute of Technology
NMF Award: Full tuition + fees + room & board
NJIT: Financial Aid: NJIT – Merit-based awards

NEW YORK

Roberts Wesleyan College
NMF Award: Full tuition
https://www.roberts.edu/undergraduate/tuition-and-aid/grants-scholarships/academic-scholarships.aspx

NORTH CAROLINA

North Carolina Central University
NMF/NMSF Award: In-state tuition + room & board + books + $500/semester stipend + internships + laptop
http://www.nccu.edu/formsdocs/proxy.cfm?file_id=2382

NORTH DAKOTA

North Dakota State University
NMF Award: Full tuition
http://www.ndsu.edu/admission/freshmen_scholarships/other_scholarship_programs/

OKLAHOMA

University of Oklahoma
NMF Award: Full tuition + fees + room & board + stipend
http://www.ou.edu/content/go2/nationalmerit/benefits.html
Oklahoma City University
NMF Award: Full tuition
http://www.okcu.edu/admissions/freshmen/starscholars/ – merit

Oklahoma Christian University
NMF Award: Full tuition + fees + room & board
Academic Merit Scholarships*| Oklahoma Christian University

Oklahoma Wesleyan University
NMF Award: Full tuition
NMSF Award: Half tuition
http://www.okwu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/FA-Traditional-student-aid.pdf

PENNSYLVANIA

Drexel University
NMF Award: Full tuition
http://drexel.edu/drexelcentral/finaid/grants/special-interest-scholarships/

TENNESSEE

Lipscomb University
NMF Award: Full tuition + fees (note: 10 students per year also will receive room & board)
NMSF Award: Full tuition
http://admissions.lipscomb.edu/financialaid/scholarships/

Bryan College
NMF/NMSF Award: Full tuition
National Merit Scholar Recognition Program

TEXAS

Abilene Christian University
NMF Award: Full tuition
ACU Scholarships

Baylor University
NMF Award: Full tuition
Baylor University | Texas Undergraduate University Admissions, Texas University Undergraduate programs at accredited Baylor University || Freshmen Academic Scholarships for 2014-2015

Lubbock Christian University
NMF Award: Full tuition
NMSF Award: $2,000/year
LCU: Major LCU Scholarships

University of Houston
NMF Award: Full tuition + fees + room & board + $3,000 annual stipend
National Merit Scholarship

University of Texas – Arlington
NMF Award: Full tuition + fees + room
http://wweb.uta.edu/aao/fao/content/scholarships/

University of Texas – Dallas
NMF Award: Full tuition + fees + $8,000/year stipend + $2,000 study abroad funds
National Merit Scholarships – Office of Undergraduate Education – The University of Texas at Dallas

University of Texas –Tyler
NMF Award: Full tuition + fees + room & board + books
NMSF Award: Full tuition + fees + books
https://www.uttyler.edu/scholarships/new-freshman-student.php

University of North Texas
NMF Award: Full tuition + fees + room & board + books
UNT Meritorious Scholarship for National Merit Finalists | Student Financial Aid and Scholarships

VIRGINIA

Liberty University
NMF: Full tuition + room & board
NMSF: Full tuition
National Merit Scholarship – Liberty University

WASHINGTON

Washington State University
NMF/NMSF Award: Full tuition
National Merit Scholarship – Admissions – Washington State University

WEST VIRGINIA

Alderson-Broaddus College
NMF Award: Full tuition
Alderson- Broaddus Scholarships | Alderson Broaddus University

Do I Tell People My Test Scores?

The college search and application process begs unavoidable questions – questions from nosy friends, gloating frenemies, adults, even from annoying relatives. What did you get on the PSAT test? What did you get on the SAT/ACT/AP/Subject test? Where are you going to college?

You don’t have to answer; you don’t have to discuss it with anyone but your parents. It’s your business. There’s no up side to answering. It draws stress, anxiety and unhelpful comparisons. There’s more to a college choice than grades and test scores. The answers to these questions are incomplete glimpses and do not reflect the whole picture. Most rankings are little or no value in understanding how a college will meet your needs. The right fit is what you seek, and the important thing is selecting colleges that will give you the opportunity to succeed.

As for the nosy questions, sidestep them with a statement that politely shuts down or re-directs the conversation, a skill you will be able to use again and again:

‘What did you get on the PSAT/SAT/ACT?

OMG, you want to know what?

If you do engage in a conversation, don’t always believe what others tell you; not everyone will tell the truth. Ultimately, once you get to college, no one cares about SAT, ACT, or high school GPA anymore.

‘Where are you applying or Where are you going to college?’

These are just the first in many nosy life questions – What are you majoring in? What are doing after you graduate? When are you getting married?

Being prepared with answers that redirect the conversation helps relieve the stress of the uncertainty these questions bring up.

What Does Your PSAT Score Say?

 

PSAT scores are being released, and often families have questions about the information provided in the report. To help you better understand your scores, we’ve put together a helpful guide. A full interpretive guide can be downloaded here. Below is some detailed information about the PSAT score report.

Your Total Score and Section Scores

The top half of the PSAT Score Report’s first page shows the student’s Total Score and Section Scores, as well as percentile ranks. The Total Score and Section Scores are typically the most important SAT scores when applying to college. Remember, the PSAT is not used for college admissions, but PSAT scores are good indicators of a student’s potential on the SAT. PSAT Section Scores are on a 160-760 scale, whereas the SAT’s Section Scores are on a 200-800 scale. The tests’ scale ranges differ because some SAT content is more advanced than what is seen on the PSAT. Put simply, the PSAT does not have 800-level content, so it does not offer an 800 score. Scaled scores are on the same “continuous” scale as the SAT. If a student achieves a Math score of 500 on the PSAT, he or she would have likely achieved the same score on an SAT taken on that same day.

Your Nationally Representative Percentile

Percentiles give a sense of relative standing among students. The “Nationally Representative” percentile is based on data for all U.S. students in a particular grade, including students who did not take the PSAT. Students can view their PSAT results and see their percentile ranking relative to only students who took the PSAT. Note that this percentile ranking is often lower than the “Nationally Representative” ranking.

The College and Career Readiness Benchmark

The Benchmark shows whether a student will, with average levels of improvement, achieve a “College Readiness” score on the SAT. As stated by the College Board, an Evidence-Based Reading & Writing Score of 480 and a Math Score of 530 are benchmarks of college and career readiness. This rough predictor should not be used as a definitive measure of student potential.

PSAT Scores and Subscores

The bottom half of the PSAT Score Report’s first page shows the student’s Test Scores and Subscores. As the PSAT is primarily used as practice for the SAT, the Subscores are important indicators of students’ skills. Subscores show strengths and weaknesses, which should guide how students prioritize their SAT preparation.

Test Scores are used to calculate Section Scores. Multiplying the sum of the Reading and Writing and Language Test Scores by 10 gives the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section Score. Multiplying the Math Test Score by 20 gives the Math Section Score.

Subscores provide more focused information for how students can focus their test preparation. For the SAT, these scores are generally not used in college admissions decisions.

Cross-Test Scores are based on 19 history-related questions and 19 science-related questions throughout the PSAT. There is no dedicated history or science section on the test. Cross-Test Scores are used primarily as assessment tools for schools. For the SAT, these scores are generally not used in college admissions decisions.

National Merit Scholarship Corporation

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation uses PSAT/NMSQT scores to select candidates for Merit Scholarship awards. Candidacy is based on students’ NMSC Selection Index scores, which are calculated from PSAT Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Test scores. Selection Index scores range from 48-228. The scores required to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program vary from state to state. The Selection Index for the Class of 2017 was 222 in Massachusetts, 220 in Connecticut, and 219 in New York. In September 2018, the NMSC will notify the top-scoring students (about 1% of the total PSAT-taking students) that are eligible to apply for the Merit Scholarships.

Your Scores: Next Steps

The score report includes tips for how the student can most effectively improve scores. This feedback is useful, but broad. More helpful advice requires personal consideration that the College Board cannot provide, such as careful analysis of individual test questions, feedback on the student’s testing experience, and consideration of the student’s personality and learning style.

Your Question-Level Feedback

The last page of the PSAT score report shows how the student performed on each question. Students should review their test to identify areas for improvement. Missed questions indicate areas where students need more study or practice. For example, incorrect answers to low-difficulty questions are signs of carelessness or gaps in foundational skills.

Question and Answer Explanations Online

Students can log into their College Board online account for more information on their PSAT results, including their PSAT percentile rank and detailed analysis of each question on the test.

Select the “Test Questions” tab to view individual questions from the PSAT. Students can review test material, see their answers, and get explanations for every question on their PSAT. The online report shows a range of scores the student would likely get if he or she took the PSAT or SAT again (without learning anything new that would improve the score). This range accounts for the standard error of measurement in the test’s assessment.

Below the student’s test scores is a prediction of how well the student will score if he or she takes the SAT a year later. Students can click on the link (“Projected Range for next year”) to view a message with the student’s predicted score range.

National Representative Sample Percentile

The Nationally Representative Sample Percentile is the same ranking seen in the printed report. The PSAT/NMSQT User Percentile is based on data for all students who took the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10. Note that the PSAT/NMSQT User Percentile is usually lower than the Nationally Representative Sample Percentile. Students who typically take the PSAT are more academically competitive than the general student population.

Comparing Your PSAT score to an ACT score

Because your PSAT score is the score that you would have received had you taken an SAT on that day, you can think of your PSAT score as a baseline SAT score.  To compare your PSAT score to an ACT score, you can use the SAT/ACT concordance table that the College Board has created.  If you would like to compare your PSAT to ACT, you can do so here.

The Standardized Testing Road Ahead

PSAT scores provide a valuable glimpse at the road ahead. Whether you’re interested in improving your chances on the upcoming SAT or you’re considering the ACT, Summit can give you the tools you need to maximize your scores. We are here to help and we are happy to answer any questions you might have.

By Drew Heilpern

Drew Heilpern, PhD, began tutoring for Summit in 2010 and his passion as an educator quickly made him one of Summit Educational Group’s most requested tutors. His proclivity for tutoring students and helping families navigate the standardized testing landscape led him to a full time position with Summit. As the Chief Brand Ambassador, Drew works closely with schools, independent educational consultants, and families to help guide them through the college admissions standardized testing process.

Finding the College That Fits Your Child: Lexington Seminar 9/26

Looking to find the college that best fits your child or to obtain free money?  We will show you how to find schools that are the right fit as we walk you through the admissions process.  Learn about merit money opportunities and what you can do to better your child’s chances of receiving this free money, regardless of whether your child is a top student or an average student.

Understand why starting the college early can offer significant advantages. This seminar class is particularly important if your student is at the top of the class, has learning differences, is an athlete, or is average. See what it takes to get into an Ivy and why your child may be rejected from the school you considered to be a “safety” school.

2016 was a year of significant change, Standardized testing has changed, admissions have become more competitive than ever, and a new “Coalition” application is being used by some colleges. In addition, the financial aid application process has undergone recent changes that require planning in the freshman year of high school.critical-thinkings-is-key-in-college

Parents who are separated, divorced, or never married will learn what they should know about financial aid. Larry Dannenberg has spent years working in this field and has a wide breadth of knowledge on this subject. He wrote the chapter on financial aid in the “Financial aspects of divorce” for the MCLE and lectures on the subject at numerous financial planning groups.

Immigrant parents or parents whose children will be the first in their family to attend college will find this class very helpful.  You will learn the subtleties of the college process and develop an understanding of how your child may be at a disadvantage at some schools and have advantages at others.

Larry Dannenberg, founder of College Solutions, is a professional college placement counselor with a deep understanding of the financial aid process.  College Solutions prides itself on a record of over 15 years of successful service in college placement and financial aid.

Register at Lexington Community Education
The $25 tuition is for two adults in the household. 146 Maple Street, Lexington, MA 02421 | tel: 781 862 8043 | info@lexingtoncommunityed.org

The seminar is being offered twice in upcoming weeks — on September 26th from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM at Lexington High School.

 

Studying for the SAT or ACT does Pay!

If you’re wondering whether studying for the ACT or SAT that extra little bit matters, it might – at least when merit money is being considered. Colleges use many factors in determining whether a student will be accepted – geography, gender, strength of curriculum, GPA, race, community service, leadership opportunities. Colleges use these same factors to then determine merit money for accepted
students. Scores are probably the simplest — and most visual — measure to understand what colleges value.

SAT or ACT Studying Pays

The chart to the below shows the breakdown at one ‘very selective’ southern college of ACT scores and what appears to be a sliding scale of merit money awarded to 6 different students. Students submitted ACT scores and received a range of merit amounts. The range of money attached to specific scores (SAT or ACT) for each college will vary. For this particular college, the cut-off seems to be a score of 31. For another less selective college, the cut-off would be lower, maybe a 28. For more selective colleges, the cut-off might be a 34. Bringing the score up a point or two might make the difference between a college being affordable for a family or not affordable.

ACT Score Merit Money
35 $32,000
35 $32,000
35 $30,000
34 $32,000
31 $5,000
31 $0

College Competition Means New Stress for Today’s Teens

The pressure is on!  To compete in today’s global economy, which includes international students attending North American colleges in record numbers, U.S. teenagers must obtain collegiate degrees now more than ever.  The number of graduating high school seniors is expected to peak in 2017, with over 66% trying to gain admission to an institution of higher learning.

What does this mean for students with college aspirations?  Acing the college entrance exam is critical.  Most students applying to competitive colleges now take the SAT*/ACT® more than once, and as early as sophomore year.

Our growing global economy has made it necessary for more students to attend

college in order to obtain good paying jobs.  Tools, such as the common application, encourage students to apply to more schools – which increases the competition.  Thus, making it more difficult for students to gain acceptance into the top institutions and colleges that were once seen as “safeties.”

More students and parents today are learning the secret that top colleges have known for years – systematically preparing for the SAT/ACT gives students more confidence and more confidence can lead to higher SAT/ACT scores.

New college admissions rules now allow students to score their best by taking the SAT/ACT as many times as they like, while educators suggest taking the tests at least two or three times.  Sylvan Learning, the leading provider of tutoring to all ages, grades and skill levels, offers the following advice to ensure students properly prepare for their college entrance exams – Sylvan’s 10 STRESSFREE Steps to Reduce the Stress and Ace the Test!

It’s never too early – or too late – to begin preparing for college and lifelong economic success.

Students who are interested in a test prep course should visit the “College Prep” area at www.SylvanLearning.com or call 804-744-8002 to learn more about Sylvan SAT Prep and Sylvan ACT Prep.  These courses are offered exclusively through Sylvan Learning and provide proven test-taking strategies, state-of-the-art course materials and content review in small team environments that give students the confidence and personalized attention that help raise test scores.

By:      Steve Green

Sylvan Learning of Midlothian

Steve Green is the owner of the Sylvan Learning located in Midlothian, Virginia, the leading provider of tutoring to students of all ages, grades and skill levels. In its 30 years, Sylvan’s proven process and personalized methods have inspired more than 2 million students to discover the joy of learning. Sylvan’s trained and Sylvan-certified personal instructors provide individual instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, study skills and test prep for college entrance and state exams. Sylvan helps transform kids into learners, with the skills to do better in school, and the confidence to do better in everything else.

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