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PSAT Results have Arrived

Maureen McGovern

Sunday, December 8, 2013 • 2:20pm

PSAT scores come home this month and many parents will be underwhelmed by their child’s results. How is it possible that my A student only scored in the 60th percentile? Allow me to share a secret with you: The skills that are valued in school are not those that are rewarded on standardized tests.

Students who diligently complete their homework by staying up late each night might not be the best test takers. Standardized tests have strict time limits and do not reward thoughtful students who carefully mull over a problem.

Your child’s content knowledge may be out of synch with the skills required on the test. Much of the content taught in today’s ELA classes simply does not have an equivalent on the SAT or ACT. Grammar class is out of educational fashion and vocabulary-in-context is the word study program of choice at many schools. Your child’s A in Honors English may reflect assiduous reading, strong literary analysis, and conscientious attention to detail, but the SAT and ACT assess knowledge of semicolons and common Latin roots.

Additionally, a student may be afraid to guess. The student may have heard from a friend or teacher that guessing hurts her score on the test. Or perhaps the student is uncomfortable with the risk of random guessing.

The good news is that the same traits that led to a lackluster PSAT score can be harnessed to spur a student to success. Under the guidance of a knowledgeable tutor, a student who studies relentlessly to stay on top in school will likely have the grit to practice repeated timed SAT and/or ACT sections and the determination to fill knowledge gaps thereby improving her score. A student who is afraid to guess can be trained to strategically eliminate three or more incorrect answers in order to put the odds of guessing in her favor.

Again this year Chyten in Millburn is offering  a free information packed session “PSAT Questions?  We have the answers!”  We will help you decipher your child’s results, clarify the college testing process and help you understand how to use the PSAT results to create a plan of action for your child.  You will learn the steps that can be taken to improve your child’s score and hear tips and insights into the college application/scholarship process.

Tuesday, December 10 at 10 am

Wednesday, December 18 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, December 29 at noon

 

Chyten Millburn 

227 Millburn Avenue, Millburn, NJ

An engaging teacher.  An inspired plan.  Daring to dream higher and bigger doesn't just happen. Dreams need a spark.  Chyten provides that spark with proven steps, systems, and strategies for success. But these factors only begin to describe the Chyten difference.  Chyten has made a difference in so many lives; now it is time for us to help your child reach and exceed your expectations.   Put the experienced Chyten Millburn tutors to work with your child.  Contact us at 973 564 5220 or mmcgovern@chyten.com.

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