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Interpreting PSAT Scores: A lesson plan from RaiseMe’s Paving Path’s to College Curriculum Guide

Download a free lesson plan that outlines how to use a student’s PSAT score to set a study plan that hones in on areas of improvement.

PSAT scores are in!

One of the main benefits of taking the PSAT is the feedback a student can get from the detailed score report. Based on that performance, your students can build a study plan that gives weight to the topic areas where they could benefit from the most review. Further, the score report gives a student an indication of how they would perform on the SAT, which is helpful when deciding how much time to devote to preparation and signals the type of resources a student could seek out for help. Analyzing the score report with your students offers a touchpoint to direct their studying efforts in advance of testing season. As such, we’ve prepared a lesson plan, with an accompanied worksheet, to facilitate a classroom discussion.

Lesson Plan: PSAT Scores

Page 43 of Paving Paths to College: A RaiseMe Curriculum Book

Learning Objective:

Students will be able to analyze their PSAT score report, identifying strengths, growth areas, and specific topics to focus on for additional practice.

Key Points:

  • The PSAT is the qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship Program, an honor that is highly regarded by colleges.
  • There is a National Recognition Program – for African-American, Hispanic, Indigenous and Rural students – and the recipients are chosen via PSAT score.
  • Your percentile and college benchmark are measures for assessing how well you did compared to your peers.
  • The sub-score breakdown helps you identify strength areas and topics that you will want to practice further before the SAT.

Introducing Paving Paths to College: A Curriculum Book by RaiseMe

RaiseMe created an academic year’s worth of lesson plan content for educators, designed to thoughtfully engage high school students of all ages in college readiness activities and build stronger college-going culture in schools. Help put students on the right path towards taking control of their college-going futures by exploring some of our other lesson plans on understanding financial aid, college discovery, and more by downloading the free curriculum guide here.

Have questions or feedback for us, or want to contribute a lesson plan idea or content to our library? Reach out and let us know: hello@raise.me. To invite students to begin earning micro-scholarships for their academic and extracurricular achievements on RaiseMe, sign into your RaiseMe Educator Portal here.

Thea started her career at RaiseMe on the educator partnerships team and currently leads customer research and engagement. Prior, Thea taught reading in New Orleans and Boston public schools. For fun, Thea loves to get outdoors and spend time with her rescue pup Ro.

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