PSAT scores are back — just in time for the holidays!
I had a few frantic phone calls from friends, curious about just how much an SAT rating can improve from the PSAT.
I’ll begin with this n-of-1 research:
My son’s junior SAT score went up 590 points from their sophomore PSAT.
Ideally that will make a complete lot of you feel better. He beat chances, numerous times over.
According to the College Board, the average PSAT score vary from sophomore to junior year is 106 points. My son’s score went up 400 points that year. He started learning in(i.e august. 2.5 months before his year PSAT that is junior).
The school Board also claims that juniors taking the PSAT in October and the SAT the following spring (my son’s plan) will score an average of 55 points higher on the SAT. My son’s score went up 190 points during that same period.
Below is an excerpt from my upcoming book that defines Ethan’s path to SAT score improvement:
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We blocked off every Saturday for full, timed practice tests, which Ethan took at the dining-room table while I worked in my cellar workplace just below. At the five-minute breaks he’d bring the sections down he’d finished, and I also would correct them while he worked on the next set.
Sporadically, we’d see patterns to their mistakes and I’d peek my head into the dining room.
‘Ethan, stop the clock for an extra.’
He’d look up attentively. He was severe; he wanted to attain his goal so he could put the test behind him and move on. ‘You’re rushing at the final end associated with sections,’ we’d make sure he understands. ‘ Pay attention to the questions by the end.’ Or: ‘Read every word into the answer alternatives.’
‘Okay Mom,’ he’d say, and return back to work, making a small adjustment here and there.
By April he desired me to break the charts out I’d made of their scores, the people he’d cracked jokes about just a couple of months prior to. Now I was asked by him to update the charts to see if he’d made any progress and he had! We’d collected enough data to manage to see the line going in the right direction, gradually but unmistakably. That line in the graph was definitely a motivator.
Therefore ended up being the woman who lived down the road. She and Ethan had known each other into it, taking those practice tests on the weekends, too since they were little, and she was. She was an improved student than Ethan—in the real way girls often are (better organized and more focused)—and the two of them were neck and neck within their practice scores. She also happened to be a tennis that is competitive plus some of that fierce athletic power went along to the image, which kept Ethan on his toes because he desired to beat her.
In the end she overcome him, but not by much, and he surpassed their goal by thirty points.
Good enough for Ethan to call it a day and feel good about moving on.
I, on the other hand, wanted him to take another crack at the test because there had been three snafus that are eleventh-hour only two of which I can write about, which had to have depressed his scores, I thought.
The first, merely a few days before the test, was Ethan’s hand. His left hand, the hand that is SAT. (Ethan’s a lefty.) He broke his hand horsing around on a soccer field and came home from school requiring a cast. I have never had a broken bone in my life, and this was probably Ethan’s 5th break, and he had been only sixteen years old. Only sixteen and taking his second SAT. Having a hand that is broken.
Needless to express, we’d never factored broken SAT hand into our test prep, and although Ethan could go his hands I became nervous he’dn’t find a way to bubble precisely. Meanwhile Ethan ended up being insisting that he take the test as planned, cast and all.
‘Let me see you bubble,’ I’d state, and he would practice, but I could hear little whimpers of discomfort as he colored in the circles. He didn’t care. He’d had his standard test strategy all mapped out for months in advance—the SAT, the AP exam, the SAT Subject Tests—and because far as he had been concerned, there was no space in his spring-of-junior year schedule in order to make any test-date that is last-minute. He might have postponed the test till the fall, which is what the College Board told me when I called and tried to persuade them to provide my son a personal bubbler as a ‘special situation accommodation.’ They said no. The College Board won’t get involved with the medical issues of juniors because the kids can still take the SAT fall of senior year.
The night before the test, I spotted Ethan playing Halo, which I took become a sign that is good. I figured he could bubble if he could work a video game controller.