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  1. Now that SOME of you have gotten your PSAT scores :glare: , I guess it's time for a 2017 PSAT "How did it go?" thread.
  2. Ds16 is studying very hard for the PSAT this summer. He plans to take it in October to try for NM, and then take the SAT shortly after. His skills are good; he is at Level 4 in all the Math and Reading & Writing skills on his Khan Academy SAT dashboard. He took a practice PSAT test today from the Ivy Global PSAT book and only missed one question in the Writing section and one between both Math sections. He missed more in Reading as that's been hit or miss depending on the prep book questions, the passage, etc., but he has also done very well on that, too. His problem is time. If he really hustles he can usually get through the Reading and Writing sections in the time allowed, and has also gotten through the Math No Calculator in time - once out of the six practice tests he's taken. What he really needs help with is finishing the Math With Calculator section. He works until he's finished, marking what problems he finishes in the time allowed, then how long it takes him to finish the rest. He takes almost twice as long as he's allowed with the Math With Calculator section - 1 hour 20 minutes today. He used to be a very sloppy math student in the middle school years, so put a lot of time into training him to be careful, show all his work, and double check everything. Now I feel as if all this training is backfiring. :) He's a really good kid, and he is working so, so hard. I would love to see him rewarded for his hard work and manage to make the cutoff for semifinalist. Does anyone have any tips on how to help him get faster? Thanks! GardenMom
  3. DD will take this examination in 3 weeks. The below Slide Show was very interesting to me, but it does not mention whether or not the test taker needs to supply their SSN. I prefer that DD minimize who she discloses her SSN to. Question: Is the SSN required? If so, I will have her apply for an Employer ID Number from the I.R.S., (use I.R.S. form SS-4) and use that number instead for the PSAT/NMSQT. Will that work? Thanks! This is the link for the College Board PowerPoint Presentation I Downloaded. https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/ppt/prepare-psat-nmsqt.ppt Note: First, I downloaded that file to my Android phone and then I installed Microsoft PowerPoint and I was unable to open it on my phone. Then, this morning, I downloaded it to my laptop and I was unable to open it with Microsoft PowerPoint, using the free Microsoft Office Online. On my laptop, I was able to open the file and view the Slide Show, perfectly, with LibreOffice Impress and also with WPS Spreadsheets. :hurray:
  4. Our twins could not be more different, beginning with one being a girl and the other being a boy. I could go on and on, but the difference I wanted to discuss in this post is this: DS15 is uber steady while DD15 is ADD to the extreme. Steady is something I get (although DS15 is far more steady than I am) while ADD is more foreign to me. My experience with ADD is through marriage: MomsintheGarden is quite ADD, but I think DD15 has that characteristic in spades. Now that the twins have started doing intensive PSAT prep, what I see with DD15 is very inconsistent test scores. Below are some scores to give you an idea of what we are seeing. The tests are the official SAT practice tests from the College Board. DD15: Practice SAT 1: R&W: 670 Math: 740 Overall: 1410 Practice SAT 2: R&W: 730 Math: 640 Overall: 1370 Perhaps the tests were somewhat different, you say? Well, here are the results from her twin: DS15: Practice SAT 1: R&W: 730 Math: 740 Overall: 1470 Practice SAT 2: R&W: 730 Math: 730 Overall: 1460 Let me be clear: DD15 is at least as bright as DS15 and DS17. In fact, I think she is probably brighter. While her overall score is typically lower than her brothers' scores, she nearly always beats both her brothers handily in at least one section on the test. For instance, on last year's PSAT, she scored 12/15 on the Math No Calculator section while her brothers each got 10/15. As you can see from my lead paragraph, I tend to attribute this inconsistency to DD15's ADD characteristics. Not only do I think she gets bored while taking the test, I think she gets bored WITHIN EACH SECTION of the test. In our proctored home tests, she cannot stay seated for the entire time. She wraps up the section, does a quick check, then gets up and leaves. Me: "Go back, sit down, and check your work." DD15: "I already DID check my work!" Please tell me about your inconsistent testers. Here are a few questions: - Do you have any testers whose math and or R&W scores move around as much as DD15's do? (up to 100-point swings!) - If so, is that student ADD? - Do you think ADD tends to lead to inconsistent test scores? - Conversely, does anyone have ADD students which are very consistent testers? - Does anyone have very steady students who achieve extremely inconsistent test scores? - Are there other factors I should be considering? - If you have an inconsistent tester, what have you done to try to help? (Please tell us both what has worked and what has NOT worked.) Note that the plan with all of our students is to do a lot of practice testing, detailed review of missed items and skills practice using Khan Academy. In theory, that should improve both skills AND consistency, but that remains to be seen with DD15. This morning I told DD15 that I thought she missed so many math problems yesterday so that she could spend some quality time with her dad today! :laugh: She retorted that it was safer to miss math problems because I (Reg) am such a slow reader that missing a reading question was just too painful during review. She got a 50/52 on reading yesterday. :lol:
  5. It seems that only 15 of the 17 questions on the Math No Calculator section of the 2016 PSAT were scored. Questions 4 and 17 did not get scored with the following annotation on each: I'm not exactly sure what that means, but I am a bit surprised to see any unscorable questions, let alone two. For many students, dropping question 17 would help their overall score, but not DS17: he does 14->17 then 1->13. We haven't retrieved the books from the school yet, but I will be interested to see what these questions look like when we do.
  6. I am wondering if my daughter needs to take her social security number to the PSAT test Saturday. The school test coordinator says she doesn't. But somewhere I saw a link to the personal info questions and one asked for a student number or social security number. Does anyone know what is needed?
  7. Hi All, I am hoping someone can answer this question for me. How often can you take the PSAT and qualify for the National Merit Scholarship? In other word, can you take the PSAT as a Sophomore and then again as a Junior and use the Junior year result for the Scholarship? Or can you take it only one time to be considered? I hope this makes sense. Thanks, Susie
  8. We've decided to have DS take the PSAT in 10th this fall as a baseline of where he's at in comparison with other 10th graders. We already know that his reading comprehension is generally pretty good, his vocab average, and his writing below level. We're still working our way through WWS1 but DH has slacked off on it and I'm going to have to go back and re-work through it with DS. He'll only have 1-2 months of Geometry when he tests, so I expect that portion of the math section to be lower. At least we've finally gotten past the mental block he had with algebra and will wrap that up soon. Because we're using this strictly as a baseline measurement, I'll show him the practice exams so he knows what to expect on the test, but I kind of feel that too much prep would defeat the purpose of using it as a baseline. I'm really just curious what other Hive members would do in this case.
  9. I am the testing coordinator for our cover school. One of my responsibilities is informing/reminding parents about having their high school kids take the PSAT. My oldest just finished 6th grade, so I haven't gone through the process with my kids yet. I know that parents will have to contact a local school to make arrangements to take it and there may be a fee for it. What other important things do parents need to know? Is it better to take it in 10th or 11th grade? Is preping for the test helpful? Thanks!
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