Redesigned PSAT/NMSQT® Aligns with SAT® Enhancements
Redesigned PSAT/NMSQT® Aligns with SAT® EnhancementsCollege Board Communications
Beginning with the first administration in fall 2015, the redesignedPSAT/NMSQT® will reflect the changes and improvements that are driving the redesign of the SAT®.
By taking the PSAT/NMSQT, students start exploring college opportunities and learn how their skills align with next steps in their journey to college.
Several of the key revisions for the PSAT/NMSQT include:
▸ Requiring students to demonstrate their command of evidence found in a wide range of sources.
▸ Asking students to interpret the meaning of relevant words in context, while eliminating the need to memorize obscure words.
▸ Allowing students to focus in-depth on the math skills that matter most for college and career success.
▸ Improving students’ test-taking experience by removing the penalty for wrong answers.
The redesigned PSAT/NMSQT will be part of a system of assessments that provides information schools can use to monitor students’ progress toward college readiness.
Scoring for the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT will be on the same scale and have the same subscores, or Insight Scores, as the redesigned SAT, providing added benefits. All reporting information and supporting tools are being reimagined to help students connect to practice, leverage instructional resources, access scholarships, and ultimately succeed in college.
The current PSAT/NMSQT continues to serve students in the class of 2016 and younger. The College Board is preparing concordance tables so students and educators will be able to relate scores on the current PSAT/NMSQT to scores on the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT.
The PSAT/NMSQT will continue to provide essential student and educator resources such as AP Potential™, which identifies students who are likely to succeed in AP courses and on AP Exams, helping educators ensure students make the most of the opportunities they have earned. Test-takers also may choose to participate in Student Search Service®, allowing colleges and universities to communicate with students. Students have exclusive access to My College QuickStart™, a Web-based resource offering personalized feedback on college readiness alongside college planning information.
In addition, the PSAT/NMSQT will continue to help students in the 11th grade prepare for the SAT and enter the competition for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
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