Attention seniors with a January 1st college deadline: Remember the last day before break is December 15th. You need to request your transcipts by FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8th to have them submitted before the deadline! You must also enter your request for your counselor through Common App by this date so that we have time to upload your information before we leave for break, as well.
Students who took the Pre-ACT will receive paper score reports along with an information booklet to help guide using the results. The Pre-ACT will help students understand their strengths and weaknesses in the 4 areas of Math, Science, English and Reading. Scores for each area will range from 1 to 35. The composite score is the average score of the 4 subject areas. Students will also notice a STEM score which is an average of the Science and Math results.
The predicted ACT score is an estimate. If students take on more challenging academic classes or improve their study habits it may help to improve the predicted score.
The detailed results will help guide students to identify personal strengths and areas of weakness. Of importance is recognition that the areas which are weaker are the greatest opportunities for growth.
There is a section on student score reports which talks about achieving core - all WKHS students will achieve core before graduating because those standards align with graduation requirements.
The college readiness benchmarks help show an indication of how likely students will be to be ready for college level work by the time they finish high school if their academics continue at the current pace.
One of the most unique aspects of the Pre-ACT is the "Your Education and Career Journey" section. In this section students and parents can look at the interests on the career map. Shaded areas show student's indicated preferred work tasks. This section also contains an area about interest and career fit which looks at the level of agreement between student reported interests and selected career area. The profile of success component compares student Pre-ACT scores with those of students who are successful in college with that same major.
Some students may see "Region 99" as their interest inventory results. This means that the student did not procide enough answers on the interest inventory of what was liked/ disliked in various tasks.
The ACT program has a website of information where students and parents can search for additional information about career areas and specific occupation information. Examples of information that can be found include work tasks, salary, expected growth, and entry level requirements. This website is www.actprofile.org.
Information on the Score Report - PSAT
All results for the PSAT are now available electronically only. (CollegeBoard no longer provides paper copies of score reports.)
Students should access their PSAT scores online at: https://studentscores.collegeboard.org/. If you have problems accessing your report, this instruction sheet may help or you can contact PSAT College Board at 866-433-7728.
In an effort to help students prepare for the SAT, CollegeBoard has partnered with Khan Academy to provide free personalized practice using your PSAT results at www.satpractice.org. This is a great opportunity that students are encouraged to utilize. This information sheet and this video can help you in linking your results with Khan Academy.
As you are reviewing your scores, the CollegeBoard website has information to help you understand what your scores mean and how they predict your SAT scores. There is also a video available that you can review to help understand your scores.
For your reference, PSAT for 10th and 11th graders will range in scores from 320-1520. PSAT for 9th graders has a score range between 240-1440. These total scores are calculated by adding together the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score with the Math score.
On the student score sheets you will find areas that indicate scores as being "red, yellow, or green." Each score gives you a quick way to assess your own skill level strengths and weaknesses so that you can prioritize the areas where you could gain the most ground in the future. Green means that students are on track for college readiness, yellow means that students are close to being on track for college readiness, but can continue to strengthen skills, and red means that students should focus to strengthen skills in that area.
Also listed on the score report is the Selection Index, which is used to determine eligibility in National Merit Scholarship Corporation programs (NMSC). It is the sum of the three scores in each test section (CR + M + W) doubled. The Selection Index ranges from 48 to 228. Note: Only students in eleventh grade are eligible to enter NMSC scholarship programs.
Finally, score reports include national percentiles, which allow students to compare their scores with other students in their grade level who have taken the PSAT/NMSQT. If students take the PSAT/NMSQT in the eleventh grade, they receive junior percentiles. If students take the PSAT/NMSQT in tenth grade or younger, they will receive sophomore percentiles. For example, a student in eleventh grade with a percentile of 55 has earned a score better than 55 percent of all eleventh graders. Another way to understand percentiles is to imagine 100 students lined up from the lowest (or 1st) percentile at the end of the line to the highest (or 99th) percentile at the front of the line. If the student is at the 55th percentile, that student would be the 56th person in line, ahead of 55 people in the line and behind 44.