08 Mar Just How Do PSAT Scores Compare to SAT Scores?
PSAT scores are back — just in time for the holidays!
I have had a few frantic phone calls from friends, wanting to know how much an SAT score can improve from the PSAT.
I’ll start with this n-of-1 study:
My son’s junior SAT score went up 590 points from their sophomore PSAT.
Ideally that will make lot of you feel better. He beat the odds, many times over.
According to the College Board, the PSAT that is average change from sophomore to junior year is 106 points. My son’s score went up 400 points that year. He started learning in August (i.e. 2.5 months before his junior year PSAT).
The faculty Board also states 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 describes Ethan’s path to SAT score improvement:
The SAT Hand
We blocked off every Saturday for full, timed training tests, which Ethan took during the dining-room table while I worked in my basement office just below. At the five-minute breaks he’d bring down the parts he’d finished, and I also would correct them while he done the following set.
Sporadically, I’d see patterns to their mistakes and I also’d peek my head into the dining room.
‘Ethan, stop the clock for an extra.’
He’d lookup attentively. He was severe; he wanted to attain their goal behind him and move on so he could put the test. ‘You’re rushing at the end of the sections,’ I’d tell him. ‘ Pay attention to the relevant questions at the end.’ Or: ‘Read every word in the response choices.’
‘Okay Mom,’ he’d say, and go back to operate, making a small adjustment here and there.
By April he desired me personally to break the charts out we’d made of their scores, the ones he’d cracked jokes about just a couple months before. 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 information to find a way to see the line moving in the right direction, slowly but shmoop.pro unmistakably. That line in the graph ended up being definitely a motivator.
Therefore was the woman who lived down the street. 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 way girls often are usually (better organized and more focused)—and each of them were neck and neck within their practice scores. She also happened to be always a tennis that is competitive plus some of that fierce athletic power went along to the picture, which kept Ethan on his feet because he wanted to beat her.
In the end she beat him, but not by much, and he surpassed their goal by thirty points.
Good enough for Ethan to phone it an and feel good about moving on day.
We, having said that, wanted him to take another crack during the test because there had been three snafus that are eleventh-hour only two of that we can write about, that had to own depressed his scores, I thought.
The initial, only a days that are few the test, was Ethan’s hand. His remaining 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 needing a cast. I have never had a broken bone in my life, and this was probably Ethan’s 5th fracture, and he had been only sixteen years old. Only sixteen and using his second SAT. Having a hand that is broken.
Needless to say, we’d never factored broken SAT hand into our test prep, and even though Ethan could move his hands I was stressed he wouldn’t be able to bubble properly. Meanwhile Ethan was insisting that he take the test as planned, cast and all.
‘Let me see you bubble,’ we’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 standardized 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 clearly no room in his spring-of-junior year schedule to produce any test-date that is last-minute. He may have postponed the test till the fall, which is what the faculty Board told me when I called and tried to persuade them to offer my son a individual bubbler as a ‘special situation accommodation.’ They said no. The College Board won’t get involved with the medical issues of juniors since the kids can nevertheless take the SAT fall of senior year.
The night before the test, I spotted Ethan playing Halo, which we took to be a sign that is good. I figured if he could work a video game controller, he could bubble.