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PSAT/SAT Parent Information
PSAT/SAT Parent Information
Posted on 01/24/2018
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Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

The staff at Brown City Community School works hard to help our students gain the most out of every educational opportunity.  One large opportunity they have as students in Michigan is free access to a college entrance exam: the SAT test.  This test assesses college and career readiness.  Through classes we offer, such as Test Prep, students have the opportunity to gain insight into how to attack test questions and do their best.

 

Practice is the best way to improve upon any skill. According to the College Board website, “A study of 250,000 students from the class of 2017 showed that a little practice goes a long way—regardless of gender, race, income, or high school GPA. In fact, 20 hours on Khan Academy® was associated with an average 115-point increase from the PSAT/NMSQT to the SAT. In grades 8-11 we offer opportunities for our students to take “practice” or PSAT tests.  The following is information on how to read and interpret the data in these score reports to see where you student’s strengths and weaknesses lie, as well as  links to places for additional practice outside of school. Students in grade 11 also have the opportunity to take a Test Prep. class which allows for more time to practice on Khan Academy within the school day.

 

The SAT test is a product of the College Board.  Students in grades 10 and 11 have created their own College Board student accounts where they can access copies of their score reports, as well as links to practice tests and other preparation.

 

The College Board works in partnership with Khan Academy.  Students also have created Khan Academy accounts and shared their scores to it for individualized practice tailored to them.

 

Here is a link to a video on how to read and interpret the data on a score report and make the most from PSAT scores, how to link those scores to Khan Academy and other links to practice:

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/scores/student-score-reports

 

Tips for parents to help their student practice:

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/official-sat-practice-parent-flyer.pdf

 

Here is a link to a PowerPoint Presentation on how to understand the scores and what a “good” score should be in each grade level.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/13FGRa9AuTTSzrETieVQw_QMtinbFmGMZMlDgSiKSOKc/edit#slide=id.p30

 

Roadtrip Nation and Big Future are Career exploration programs at the College Board to assist students in exploring future careers and plan for the future:

https://collegeboard.roadtripnation.com/

https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/

 

This link is to the National Merit Scholarship information.  Students taking a PSAT test are entered into this scholarship based upon certain criteria.  Learn more here: https://www.nationalmerit.org/s/1758/start.aspx?gid=2&pgid=61

 

Here are also two documents shared by our College Adviser, Rebecca Balcer:

 

Average GPA and SAT entrance scores for Michigan Colleges Chart:

https://www.gulllakecs.org/cms/lib7/MI01001276/Centricity/Domain/84/Colleges%20Avg%20GPA%20ACT%20SAT%20Poster.pdf



Please feel free to contact staff regarding any questions you may have about this exam and preparation for the post secondary careers and education.

 

Corinne Harnden, teacher:   charnden@browncityschools.org

Rebecca Balcer, college adviser:  rbalcer@browncityschools.org

Brad Hale, principal: bhale@browncityschools.org

 

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