Monthly Archives: December 2013

Testing 101

Each year I speak and write many, many times on topics related to testing: PLAN, ACT, PSAT, SAT and SAT Subject tests. In an effort to give an overview of testing and the many topics for consideration, we are pulling together our greatest hits from the College Bound Blog. The PLAN and PSAT tests are warm-ups for the real thing. Taking these tests and understanding these scores are a first step in planning for ACT and/or SAT success. Lessons Learned from PSAT Results Crystal Ball: The PLAN Test (the PLAN test retires spring 2014) PSAT and National Merit Basics ACT … Continue reading

Lessons Learned from PSAT Results

‘Tis the Season – PSAT results season, that is.  In October most juniors and many sophomores took the PSAT.  Unlike the SAT and ACT where you get results in just over two weeks, PSAT results are finally delivered two months later before you head off on winter break. So now that you’ve got the PSAT score report in your hands, how do you make sense of it? Scores are based on a scale of 20 to 80.  Your Selection Index, used for National Merit purposes (see below), is a total of the three parts (critical reading, math and writing).  It might be … Continue reading

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