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PSAT/College Planning Night December 13, 2013. Agenda. Four Major Parts of Your PSAT/NMSQT Results & your skills National Merit Scholarship Information More About Your Answers How My College QuickStart ™ Can Help You Next Steps – your timeline from today forward.

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Psat college planning night december 13 2013

PSAT/College Planning NightDecember 13, 2013


Agenda

Agenda

  • Four Major Parts of Your PSAT/NMSQT Results & your skills

  • National Merit Scholarship Information

  • More About Your Answers

  • How My College QuickStart™ Can Help You

  • Next Steps – your timeline from today forward


Psat college planning night december 13 2013

Four Major Parts of Your PSAT/NMSQT Results

Your Scores

Your Skills

Your Answers

Next Steps

3 Test Sections

Critical Reading

Mathematics

Writing Skills


Psat college planning night december 13 2013

Your Skills

See how you did on each skill. The same skills are tested on the SAT.

You can try hundreds of practice questions, organized by skill, online in My College QuickStart (www.collegeboard.org/quickstart).


Psat college planning night december 13 2013

National Merit Scholarship Corporation Information

The Selection Index is the sum of your critical reading, mathematics and writing skills scores.

If it has an asterisk, you do not meet all of the eligibility requirements for the competition.

The Percentile compares your performance to that of other college-bound juniors.

The Entry Requirements section displays information you provided on your answer sheet.


Psat college planning night december 13 2013

Your Answers

You will get your test book back with your PSAT/NMSQT results, so that you can review the questions.

You can also review each test question in My College QuickStart.


Psat college planning night december 13 2013

Answer Summary & Scoring

  • Correct answer = plus 1 point

  • Omitted answers = no points

  • Wrong answers to multiple-choice questions = minus ¼ point. (To discourage students from blind or random guessing.)

  • Wrong answers to math questions 29-38 (Student Produced Responses) = no points lost.


Psat college planning night december 13 2013

Your Answers: Student-Produced Responses

Some of the math problems required you to grid in answers instead of selecting an option. For these questions, you will see the correct answer(s) written out.


Psat college planning night december 13 2013

Next Steps

What’s next?

Use the access code on your report to log in to My College QuickStart, a personalized college and career planning kit. There you can:

  • Search for colleges

  • Get a personalized SAT study plan

  • Take a personality test to find majors and careers that fit you

  • Learn more about AP® courses that you might be ready to take

  • www.collegeboard.org/quickstart


How can my college quickstart help you

How Can My College QuickStart® Help You?


Psat college planning night december 13 2013

My College QuickStart


Psat college planning night december 13 2013

My College QuickStart

  • My Online Score Report

  • Projected SAT® score ranges

  • State percentiles

  • You can filter questions

  • Questions and answer explanations


Psat college planning night december 13 2013

My College QuickStart

  • My SAT Study Plan™

  • Personalized skills to improve

  • SAT practice questions

  • An official SAT practice test


Psat college planning night december 13 2013

My College QuickStart

  • My Personality

  • Personality test

  • Description of your type

  • Tips for success

  • Majors and careers that might be a good fit for you


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My College QuickStart

  • My College Matches

  • Starter list of colleges

  • Criteria to customize search

  • Ability to save searches


Psat college planning night december 13 2013

My College QuickStart

  • My Majors & Career Matches

  • Major you chose

  • Related majors

  • Related careers


My college quickstart

My College QuickStart

  • My AP Potential

  • List of AP courses

  • Which ones are offered at your school


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My College QuickStart

  • My AP Potential

  • Choose a major to see which courses match it.

  • Interpret your report to see whether you are ready to take a course.


Psat college planning night december 13 2013

My College QuickStart

  • Log in to your personalized account at

  • www.collegeboard.org/quickstart


Sat reasoning test

SAT Reasoning Test

  • Juniors should take in March and again in June if needed

  • Sophomores can take this year if PSAT was strong

  • Given at LD on March 8 and June 7

  • Other locations on May 3

  • Must register online:

    www.collegeboard.org


Sat preparation

SAT Preparation

  • Winter prep course (for March SAT) begins January 11 (January 15 for Saturday class)

  • Meets 6 times (3 English, 3 Math) – Wednesday evenings (6-9 pm) or Saturday mornings (9 am – noon)

  • Taught by LD faculty

  • Cost is $40 for LD students

  • Registration now open – forms in Counseling Office or online:

    www.ldsd.org/highschool


Sat subject tests

SAT Subject Tests

**Check the College Board website for a list of

subjects and colleges that require these tests

  • Offered in history, math, science, languages

  • Remaining test dates in January, May, June

  • Take only if college requires scores

  • Usually taken in fall of senior year

  • The SAT Subject Tests offer you an additional opportunity to show colleges what you know and what you know you can do.

  • Many colleges use the SAT Subject Tests for admission, for course placement, and to advise students about course selection. Some colleges specify the SAT Subject Tests that they require for admission or placement; others allow applicants to choose which tests to take.


Act american college test

ACTAmerican College Test

  • Given at LD in September and December (at HACC and Cumberland Valley HS in February, April, June)

  • Test areas: English, Math, Science Reasoning, Reading with optional Writing test

  • Register online at www.actstudent.org


Importance of junior year

Importance of Junior Year

  • Academic Record

  • Activity Resume

  • Testing Program

  • Post-Graduation

    Planning

  • Suggested Time Line


Academic record

Academic Record

  • Biggest factors in college admissions:

    • Grades/GPA

    • Rigor of courses

    • College entrance exams

    • Character

    • Activities resume

  • Four-year academic performance shows consistency over time (or improvement over time)

  • Take challenging courses

  • Choose academic electives (languages and/or those related to potential majors)

  • Work hard to maintain best possible grades


Activity resume

Activity Resume

  • Colleges want students who are well rounded and will be involved on campus

  • Get involved in and out of school

  • Be committed

  • Aim for variety of interests

  • Find unique experiences


Testing program

Testing Program

  • First step – tonight

  • Take at least one SAT by end of junior year

  • Consider test prep

  • Another SAT/ACT in fall of senior year if needed

  • SAT Subject Tests if needed

  • Keep reading and taking challenging courses!


Post graduation planning

Post-Graduation Planning

  • Consider career interests/abilities

  • Look at education and/or training required

  • Relate to college or tech school major

  • Think about college qualities (size, location, setting, majors, cost, etc)

  • Research potential colleges online/get information

  • Look at admissions requirements

  • Narrow down your choices

  • Visit, visit, visit!

  • Apply in fall of senior year


Junior year timeline

Junior Year Timeline

  • Research potential careers and majors

  • Make a list of college qualities

  • Take SAT at least once, possibly twice

  • College research:

    www.collegeboard.org

  • Online research/get materials from colleges

  • Begin to narrow list of schools between 5 and 7

  • Be sure to visit ALL schools before applying


Planning resources

Planning Resources

  • College Board:

    www.collegeboard.org

  • Naviance:

    http://succeed.naviance.com/ldauphin

  • College Visits

  • College Information Packet

  • LDHS Counseling Department Website:

    www.ldsd.org/highschool

  • Military Recruiters


Naviance

Naviance

Career Planning

  • Look at results from last year’s interest inventory fromCareers class

  • Complete the Personality Assessment as well (either in Naviance or in My College Quick Start)

    Students should know their user name and password for Naviance – if not, please see your counselor

College Planning

  • Start to organize college interests

  • Start Student Bio Sheet

  • Naviance will be used in senior year to manage applications, transcripts, and letters of recommendation so it’s a good idea to become familiar with this program!


Senior year timeline

Senior Year Timeline

  • Finish any campus visits

  • Take SAT/Subject Tests/ACT if needed

  • Fill out applications in early fall

  • Research scholarship/financial aid opportunities

  • Fill out FAFSA in January

  • Make final decision based on admission and financial aid offers


Ncaa clearinghouse

NCAA Clearinghouse

  • Academic requirements: core courses, GPA, SAT scores for Div I and II

  • See counselor for review

  • Complete application at end of junior year

  • Apply online:

    www.eligibilitycenter.org


Financial aid night

Financial Aid Night

  • January 8th at 6:30 in HS library

  • General financial aid information

  • Great for 9-11th graders and parents

  • Plenty of opportunities to ask questions!


Course selection

Course Selection

  • Process begins in January/February

  • New this year is the Course Selection evening program for parents on February 5th @ 7:00pm

  • Please work together as a family to plan your course of study for next year

  • Make appointment with a counselor if needed

  • Challenge yourself!


Counseling office

Counseling Office

Farren Schmidt (12th) 566-5347

[email protected]

Tanya Dreon (11th) 566-5335

[email protected]

Nate Espenshade (10th) 566-5336

[email protected]

Lori Beaver (9th) 566-5337

[email protected]


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