PSAT/NMSQT reports are powerful tools for promoting college readiness and college planning, especially when they are explained to students and parents and shared with other educators.
Student Information Sessions
In December, your school will receive each student's PSAT/NMSQT score report to distribute to students. However, without some context for understanding their reports, students may rush to look at their scores and stop there. We recommend setting up an information session for students that includes an introduction to My College QuickStartTM, the free, personalized online tool described below.
Discuss the score report, its meaning, and its interpretation beforeyou hand out individual reports and test books. Make sure to give students the test books they used.
To help students understand the information without the distraction of their own scores, we included a sample score report with the Official Educator Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT (.pdf/1.92MB).
You can also download score-related resources.
An information session is also an opportunity to reassure younger students who may be discouraged by scores that seem low. Remind them that their scores will improve as they continue to study and grow. Handouts for younger students are available in the Educator Guide to help you make this point.
My College QuickStart
Let students know about My College QuickStart. With this free online college and career planning tool, students interact with their score report, filtering test questions by difficulty and skill and viewing complete answer explanations. They can also:
- Prepare for the SAT with a customized study plan (for high school students).
- View personalized lists of colleges, majors, and careers.
- Take a personality test.
- View their AP Potential feedback.
To guarantee that parents see the score report and can discuss it with their children, some schools mail parents a copy, along with a letter of explanation. If parents have questions about the test results, they can bring their copy when they meet with you or a teacher.
PSAT/NMSQT materials for parents include flyers in English and Spanish (found in the Educator Guide) and a letter template introducing My College QuickStart (.doc/29KB).
Educator Reports and Resources
Help your colleagues understand what the test measures and which tools help students understand their test results. Here are ways to provide teachers and administrators with test information:
- Share your School Summary Report and other test result information with school staff prior to distributing students' score reports. View resources for educators about score reports.
- Distribute extra copies of PSAT/NMSQT test books to teachers.
- Encourage staff to view the My College QuickStart demo for high school educators.
- Share My College QuickStart lesson plans.