One New Secret Weapon for Students Taking the PSAT

shhh-quiet-fingerAs you (probably) know, change is coming to the SAT and PSAT.

While the first new SAT will make its debut in March 2016, the new PSAT makes its debut this month. And, included in this new PSAT (which you should be taking!) is one change that is significant to your benefit if you answer one little question correctly.

The question: “Do you want your PSAT test data released to Khan Academy?”

The answer: “YES!”

Why, you might ask? Well, you may know that Khan Academy will be offering free SAT test prep, but what you may or may not know is that this free test prep can be customized just for you!  

By releasing your test information to Khan Academy, they will then create personalized test prep for you based on the questions you answered correctly and incorrectly.

The prep work tailors itself to your strengths and weaknesses–automatically! Why spend your time studying what you already know? Use your time efficiently by targeting your weaknesses.

One test prep company indicated, “…post-PSAT in late 2015 is the ability for students to link their College Board account with their Khan Academy account so that the Khan platform can automatically ingest their PSAT scores and personalize their recommended course of study.”

Other things to know about the new PSAT

Aside from this one awesome weapon for test-takers, there are some other changes that you’ll want to know about if you’re taking the new test:

  1. There is no longer a deduction (or penalty) for wrong answers. One of the biggest differences between the PSAT/SAT and the ACT was eliminated! So, if you’re not sure of an answer, feel free to guess away–it can’t hurt!
  2. PSAT score reports will, for the first time, be available to the student online by logging into your College Board account. Gone are the days of having to wait two months when your guidance counselor hands you a paper copy of the results which you may or may not misplace.
  3. There is a great deal of useful information on the PSAT score report. College Board has done a lot of work to provide guidance on the PSAT report, so it’s actually worth the time and effort to read it!
  4. You get a practice SAT essay graded for free! Another great way to boost your PSAT scores is by taking advantage of this free practice essay. You can find more details on the Khan Academy website.

All told, the new SAT and PSAT should offer students some new great tools that will help you understand your scores, learn which areas need the most practice, and then improve your knowledge and score.

Note: Not all of these features may be available as of the publication date of this article, but College Board has indicated in their Fall Counselor Workshop series that these changes are all forthcoming.


2 thoughts on “One New Secret Weapon for Students Taking the PSAT”

  1. Ilene Ballato says:

    Wow the College Board must be really desperate for people to take the SATs. With more and more colleges moving away from them and only looking at the ACTs I am thinking that the College Board needs to data mine more information from our children. The common core is a failure and many are banking on these new Common Core aligned College entrance exams to also be a failure. But not the college board. Bribing families to take it by offering “Free” tutoring is outrageous!

  2. Sherry Skolnik says:

    For the test to ask if a student wants his or her scores released to the Khan Academy sounds like the College Board has just crossed the line.
    When did the PSAT/SAT become the shill for Khan Academy? That sounds like something the State Attorney General’s office should be looking into.

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