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The PSAT Counselor Toolkit

By December 3, 2018PSAT, SAT

On December 3rd, College Board released PSAT scores to schools. Compass has created The PSAT Counselor Toolkit to help counselors make the most of the test results. This downloadable suite of resources:

  • Quickly translates all students’ PSAT scores into concordant ACT scores
  • Helps identify students’ testing preferences: SAT or ACT
  • Provides estimated National Merit Semifinalist cutoffs for the class of 2020
  • Develops a framework for strategic test planning
  • Offers guidance on practice test solutions for your families

The full Toolkit can be downloaded as a zip file. You are also welcome to download any of the individual pieces. Simply click on the button beneath an item’s description.

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PSAT / ACT Concordance and Recommendations

An Excel sheet for counselors that will 1) translate all students’ PSAT scores into concordant ACT scores and 2) identify potential testing preferences: SAT or ACT. Instructions for importing student data from the College Board PSAT report are included.

National Merit Semifinalist Cutoffs

A document that lists the estimated Commended and Semifinalist cutoffs for the class of 2019, provides analysis of the October 2017 PSAT results, and includes the historical cutoffs. Also available on our blog HERE.

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Using PSAT Scores to Compare SAT and ACT

A visual aid that allows students to chart their PSAT performance against ACT scores to determine which college admission test they should favor. Some students see clear differences, while others fall in the judgment call range and will weigh the practical and subjective factors that impact testing decisions. Also available on our blog HERE.

Admission Testing Planning Strategy: Winter 2018

A thorough planning tool that carefully maps the practical and tactical decisions that students will make along their testing pathways from 10th grade onward. Topics include: researching testing requirements, mapping a full testing plan, creating testing accounts, and determining a test preparation and practice plan.  Also available on our blog HERE.

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PSAT & SAT User Percentiles

A handout that links test scores and percentiles across the SAT Suite of Assessments — 10th grade PSAT, 11th grade PSAT/NMSQT, and SAT — so that parents and students can understand the relationship between score growth and percentile rank on each subsequent exam. Also available on our blog HERE.

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ACT Practice Tests at Your School

A description of our no-cost practice test options for schools. Having completed the PSAT, many students are curious about their performance on the ACT. Practice tests provide a way for students to make a comparison without the expense or commitment of an official sitting.

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Questions?

Should you have PSAT-related questions that require further elaboration, please contact our office and ask to speak with Matt Steiner, Senior Director of Outreach. Matt can be reached at: 800.685.6986 and matt@compassprep.com

Matt Steiner

About Matt Steiner

Prior to joining the Compass team, Matt obtained an M.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has a decade of experience in the field of test preparation, working for multiple well-regarded private tutoring firms. Matt currently teaches a graduate-level course on college admission testing through UCSD Extension. In his instruction and public speaking, Matt endeavors to build transparency around college admission tests.

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