Last week, most sophomores and juniors received their results from the PSAT they took in October. We promise, even if you are disappointed by the score, there is no reason to freak out just yet!
Before we get into it, please check out this blog that generally explains how you should interpret your PSAT scores.
Although the PSAT won’t impact the majority of students applying to college directly, it does offer a golden opportunity to craft an effective test prep plan for the SAT or ACT. A score is more than high or low, good or bad: it’s important to use your score to help inform the decisions you make when it comes time to prep.
For us, there are two important ways we use PSAT scores. First, we can use the breakdown of each section to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. This can let us know if you are better suited for the SAT or ACT. You can check out this blog that explains some of the differences between the two tests and which kind of student succeeds on which test.
Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, your performance may indicate something deeper. Every year, a handful of parents call us with similar concerns. Their student is a straight-A student, but their test scores just don’t seem to match. To this, we always recommend a student comes in for a one-hour MindPrint assessment. In fact, we have almost all our new clients take MindPrint. MindPrint is a cognitive test consisting of multiple brain game that lets us know the cognitive strengths and weaknesses of each student. After just one hour, we know how each student learns, how they process information, and how quickly they are able to make connections. MindPrint also delivers a personalized education plan for each student. However, most importantly, MindPrint tells us when a student has an undiagnosed learning difference.
Countless Streamline families have received news about their students’ learning differences through the MindPrint assessment. MindPrint does not serve as a definitive diagnosis; rather it acts as a starting point that should be followed up on by a conversation with the learning specialist at your school. The learning specialist can help you and your family make an informed decision on whether to pursue psych ed testing for the accommodations process. For students with learning differences, receiving extra time, multi-day testing, or unlimited breaks can make all the difference. These accommodations go beyond just the SAT or ACT, though. Having a learning plan in place means that your student will get access to the same resources in college.
The accommodations process can be time-consuming and costly, so we recommend getting started as soon as possible, and MindPrint is a great way to start!