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The New PSAT - Now More Than One Test

The New PSAT – Now More Than One Test

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May 15, 2015

The college application process has become more competitive than ever, and it’s important for parents to assess their student’s mastery of essential academic skills. The NEW SAT® Suite of Assessments — PSAT™ 8/9, PSAT™ 10, redesigned PSAT/NMSQT, and redesigned SAT® — provide valuable information about student progress. The suite provides vital benchmarks and feedback to both students and educators for measuring student progress, enabling teachers to accelerate students who are either ahead or for those that are behind, help them catch up.

The PSAT™ 8/9 is the first exam in the SAT® Suite of Assessments. Taken in the fall or spring of eighth and ninth grade, the PSAT™ 8/9 serves as a foundation for understanding student progress as they enter high school and ensuring that they are on target for being college and career ready by the time they leave high school. The PSAT 8/9 provides early feedback on the skills and knowledge that are most critical for college and career success. It takes 2 hours and 25 minutes to complete and it’s broken up into two essential components: math and evidence-based reading and writing.

The PSAT™ 8/9 measures student measures student performance, pinpoints areas for development and ensures that students are on track to achieve college and career success. Important features of the test include a continued emphasis on reasoning; greater emphasis on the meaning of words in extended contexts and on how word choice shapes meaning, tone, and impact; and right answers-only scoring (a point for a correct answer but no deduction for an incorrect answer; blank responses have no impact on scores).

The redesigned PSAT/NMSQT and the PSAT™ 10 are important parts of the SAT® Suite of Assessments. The PSAT 10 covers the same content areas as the PSAT/NMSQT but can be offered to 10th-grade students in the spring. Over 3.8 million students took the PSAT/NMSQT in 2014. The PSAT 10 and PSAT 8/9 will not be considered for entry to the National Merit® Scholarship Program. The PSAT/NMSQT is the official route of entry.

Schools can administer the PSAT/NMSQT to 10th and 11th graders on Oct. 14 or Oct. 28, 2015. They can also give 10thgraders the PSAT 10 between Feb. 22nd and March 4th, 2016.

To be properly prepared for any of the PSAT tests, students have to avoid Summer Learning Loss, which naturally occurs once the books are closed at the conclusion of the school year. Studies have shown that students typically lose two and a half months of math skills and a month of skills in other subjects. Teachers usually spend the first few months of a school year reviewing material learned during the previous school year. If a student works on these problems over the summer, he or she will see a marked improvement in September. The best way to accomplish this is to enroll with Tutor Doctor North Jersey and Rockland for summer tutoring . Tutor Doctor specializes in working with teens who want to get a competitive edge by getting a jump on the upcoming year’s curriculum.

To learn more about Tutor Doctor of North Jersey’s test prep services click here

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