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The 2023 PSAT/NMSQT was unlike any other with the introduction of the new digital, adaptive format. What does that mean for PSAT scores and what they can tell us about future testing and college success? Let us help you understand just what your teen’s PSAT score means in terms of all the factors that matter at our 2023 Understanding PSAT/NMSQT Scores Parent Seminar: How can a student improve in each area of need? Does a PSAT score define your SAT destiny? Could the ACT be a better option based on PSAT scores? What scores might lead to National Merit Scholarship recognition? What can PSAT scores illustrate about success in college? What can’t PSAT scores tell you? 2023 PSAT scores will be released on November 6 or November 16, depending on when in October a student tested. Based on this, we’re offering two different seminar dates: — November 9, 6:30-7:30pm ET…

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The 2023 PSAT/NMSQT was unlike any other with the introduction of the new digital, adaptive format. What does that mean for PSAT scores and what they can tell us about future testing and college success? Let nationally recognized and respected educator Mike Bergin help you understand just what your teen’s PSAT score means in terms of all the factors that matter: How can a student improve in each area of need? Does a PSAT score define your SAT destiny? Could the ACT be a better option based on PSAT scores? What scores might lead to National Merit Scholarship recognition? What can PSAT scores illustrate about success in college? What can’t PSAT scores tell you?   2023 PSAT scores will be released on November 6 or November 16, depending on when in October a student tested. Based on this, we’re offering two different seminar dates: — November 9, 6:30-7:30pm ET —…

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The PSAT that high school juniors take every October offers more than just a glimpse at the actual SAT. This test may not directly impact college admissions, but top scorers can earn special recognition and even scholarship. That is why that 11th grade test (not the PSAT 10 or PSAT 8/9) is known as the PSAT/NMSQT. Students who take the PSAT/NMSQT are automatically screened for the National Merit® Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. All kinds of opportunity is on the table for students who score high enough. Thus, the obvious question is, “How high do I have to score for National Merit Scholarship recognition?” If only the answer was that easy. National Merit Scholarship recognition is based on a student’s Selection Index, which is based on a student’s PSAT score, which is similar but not the same as an SAT score. Simple, right? The SAT is…

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If you’re interested in learning all the details about the digital SAT and PSAT, we’ve got you covered with our new Meet the Digital SAT series of articles. If, instead, you want two minutes of important points about the tests, we’ve got you covered with that as well! I was interviewed on the topic in early August 2023 by WBRC FOX6 News out of Birmingham, AL: Expert shares changes coming to new digital SAT format “The digital SAT that we’re going to be seeing, actually that’s being administered now overseas, is a section-adaptive test,” said Mike Bergin, the president of the National Test Prep Association and the founder of Chariot Learning. “The first reading-writing section sets your baseline and if you do well, you perform at a certain level on the first reading-writing, your next reading-writing section will be harder and you have the potential for a higher score. If you don’t do…

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Until 2015, the SAT was considered the test for students with strong reading ability, while the ACT catered to those with more of a math focus. The last revision, however, reversed the calculus by creating a math-forward assessment that emphasized more advanced topics, graphical literacy, and no-calculator math than ever. The revision was also intended to align the SAT with the Common Core philosophy of testing fewer topics in greater depth than prior assessments. To be fair, College Board ran from the politically unpalatable Common Core curriculum alignment not long after launch and never made good on the promise of fewer math topics anyway; on the contrary, the more recent version of the test required knowledge of more concepts and formulas than ever. Interestingly, the digital SAT appears, at least in its earliest days, to be making a more earnest commitment to mathematical depth rather than breadth: Interestingly, the content…

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While the digital deployment and multistage adaptive aspects of the new SAT and PSAT certainly draw attention as the biggest changes to these tests, one other revision deserves just as much attention. The SAT has always tested reading, and the digital SAT continues to refine just what aspects of reading matter most in the current educational environment. As usual, this portion of the test looks very different from its most immediate predecessor. Gone is the emphasis on long reading passages, linked evidence questions, and the dreaded historical documents. To be fair, most test takers won’t be sorry to see those elements go. What does the digital SAT offer instead? Expect questions evaluating many of the same fundamental reading skills in some new ways: Questions focusing on the enduring themes of thesis, structure, and both close and inferential reading will be attached to reading passages of roughly 100 words each. Each…

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