Practice Pays Off: Jazmín Regalado (Fort Sumner, NM)
Practice Pays Off: Jazmín Regalado (Fort Sumner, NM)College Board Communications
In an article titled “Student Shows Improving Standardized Test Scores Takes Practice, Not Money,” NBC News profiled Jazmín Regalado—a rising senior, student athlete, and aspiring medical student from New Mexico—who used Official SAT Practice to boost her test scores by hundreds of points.
Here’s an excerpt from the article:
Standardized test scores matter — higher test scores greatly increase a student's chances of getting into better, more competitive schools, resulting in more choices for scholarships and financial aid. While teens may get discouraged from re-taking standardized tests if their initial scores are low, the good news is that practice and the use of free online sample prep and testing can make all the difference.
Just ask Jazmín Regalado of New Mexico.
Regalado, 17, is a rising high school senior at Fort Sumner High School. She'll be the first from her mother’s side of the family to attend and finish college. Regalado wasn’t satisfied with her initial PSAT score (the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) test administered by the College Board). She tested in the “red” range: meaning she needed to build her reading and math skills.
Instead of becoming discouraged, she sought the advice of a school counselor who told her to sign on to Khan Academy for free online tutorials.
“I logged on to the Khan Academy account at least an hour a day—here were some days I’d study for more than an hour,” Regalado said. “I’d look for specific videos for PSAT and SAT practice. I love the way they explain things in the videos. They give you sample problems and then you solve them.”
By the time she took the test again this past spring, her score had increased 101 points. Her SAT score also jumped 120 points when she took it in June.
Read Jazmín's full story on NBC News and watch her talking about Official SAT Practice below.