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  1. UnderstandingPSAT/NMSQTResults The PSAT/NMSQT is cosponsored by the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

  2. 5 Major Parts of the Score Report 1. Your Scores 4. National Merit Scholarship Programs Information 2. Review Your Answers 5. Your Educational Plans 3. Improve Your Skills

  3. 3 Sections of the Test Critical Reading - Blue Mathematics - Orange Writing Skills - Green

  4. Ranges 46 . . . . . . . . . . . 50 . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Section 1: Your Scores Your Scores

  5. 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. More info at www.collegeboard.com/psatextra

  6. Percentiles 1 . . . . . . . . . . . 55 . . . . . . . .. . . 100 higher than 54 juniors lower than 45 juniors

  7. Section 2: Review Your Answers • Question number • Correct Answer • Your Answer • Level of Difficulty You will get your test book with your score report, so you can review the test questions. More info at www.collegeboard.com/psatextra

  8. Review Your Answers:Math Also shows the math content area of each question: • Alg = Algebra & Functions • Data = Data Analysis, Statistics & Probability • Geom = Geometry & Measurement • Num = Number & Operations

  9. Review Your Answers:Math Student-Produced Response Only answers gridded in the ovals are scored

  10. 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.

  11. Section 3: Improve Your Skills • The skills listed are based on your individual performance. • Follow the suggestions noted in “how to improve” and work with your teachers. • Review skills using questions listed

  12. Section 4: National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) Programs • Selection Index • Percentile • Entry Requirements

  13. 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 More info at www.collegeboard.com/psatextra

  14. After You Receive Your PSAT/NMSQT Score Report • Review your answers by revisiting test questions with which you had difficulty.

  15. After You Receive Your PSAT/NMSQT Score Report • Create a free collegeboard.com account to access MyCollege QuickStart at www.collegeboard.com/psatextra. Your Online Access Code

  16. At www.collegeboard.com/psatextra: • Free, personalized resources: • My SAT Study Plan • My Online Score Report • My College Matches • My Major & Career Matches

  17. At www.collegeboard.com/psatextra: • Review your online score report: • Projected SAT scores: what your scores may be on the SAT • State percentiles: how you did compared to other students in your state • Sort questions by difficulty level and question type Sort Questions

  18. At www.collegeboard.com/psatextra: • Free explanations for the answers to every test question, including why the correct answer is the best choice.

  19. At www.collegeboard.com/psatextra: Additional practice for the SAT: • Practice SAT questions • Practice SAT essay • Student-written sample SAT essays • Official SAT practice test

  20. At www.collegeboard.com/psatextra: A list of colleges in your state that offer the major you’re interested in.

  21. At www.collegeboard.com/psatextra: View profiles of the major you chose as well as related majors and careers. Connect to MyRoad, an interactive college and career planning website. MyRoad comes complete with major and career profiles, an online magazine, self-discovery tools, a planning portfolio, and more.