Test Prep

Test Prep

With any luck, your first reaction to your PSAT scores was to hang up the score report on the refrigerator rather than ball it up in the wastebasket. But either way, you should remember that the PSAT was only practice: good scores won’t get you into college and poor scores won’t keep you out. The College Board won’t release your PSAT scores to colleges, no matter how nicely they ask. 
  “Whenever I hear someone flip the page, I kinda panic.  I worry that I am behind, and that’s when I start rushing.”     I hear this sentiment frequently on the ACT, SAT, and, especially, the SSAT.  The angst is understandable.  It’s just not helpful.  Let’s look at why kids rush, why it’s not helpful, and what we can do to help.
Getting lost used to be more common. Just 10 or 15 years ago, before we could rely on our phones and satellites to keep track of us, we had to keep track of ourselves. And we did so imperfectly. At least, my friends and I did. Often, we’d plod along until we registered something recognizable – the Citgo sign by Fenway Park in Boston, that blue doored seafood restaurant, the bridge we crossed earlier in the day – and we would accommodate that new information. Or we would find our way to a map and orient ourselves.  
How do I know if the SAT will be canceled for Saturday? 1. Look for an email from College Board. When a school cancels its weekend activities, it notifies College Board, which in turn emails registered students. 2. Visit College Board at https://sat.collegeboard.org/register/sat-test-center-closings 3. Check local media:  Follow WTOP or Washington Post, whose list of closings include notifications about the SAT.
In 1982, psychologists Kahnerman and Tversky asked research participants the following question:  “Linda is 31 years old, single, outspoken, and very bright. She majored in philosophy. As a student, she was deeply concerned with issues of discrimination and social justice, and also participated in anti-nuclear demonstrations. Which is more probable:  1) Linda is a bank teller or 2) Linda is a bank teller and is active in the feminist movement?”
Are you dreading not only the upcoming SAT but also the fact that it starts at 8am on a Saturday morning? That might be better news than you think. A new study published this month looked at the effects of a test’s start time on student performance. And their results may surprise you non-morning people.
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