Dec 12

College Counseling News – December 13, 2018

PSAT SCORES ARE IN!

2018 PSAT
Letter of Explanation
How do I view my scores?

Option #1 – Naviance – https://student.naviance.com/brebeuf  – once you login, click on the “About Me” tab, then “My Stuff”, and “Test Scores”. ***Sophomores – see your College Counselor for your registration code.

Option #2 – College Board – https://studentscores.collegeboard.org/home

  • An email titled, “Scores are now in!” was sent to student’s email address (includes ACCESS CODE).
  • SOPHOMORES WILL HAVE TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT WITH COLLEGE BOARD IN ORDER TO ACCESS SCORES.
  • JUNIORS SHOULD ALREADY HAVE AN ACCOUNT WITH COLLEGE BOARD AND CAN LOGIN WITH THEIR USERNAME AND PASSWORD.
  • If a student did not receive their access code, he/she should see their College Counselor.
  • Students can view strengths and weaknesses, correct/incorrect questions, and link their account to Khan Academy for FREE test prep!
  • Scores in yellow/red are areas needing improvement.
  • Go to satpractice.org to create a personalized practice program to prep for the SAT (based on PSAT scores)!

What do my scores mean?

The PSAT is scored on a scale between 320 and 1520. Students can score on a range from 160 to 760 on the Evidenced Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) section and 160 to 760 on the Math section. In addition to these section scores, score reports will also show sub scores for Math, Reading, and Writing and Language between 8 and 38. This will give students a sense of which sections they’re best at and where they need improvement.

The PSAT score is meant to predict your child’s SAT score. The SAT is a more difficult test than the PSAT, thus why the scale on the PSAT is based on a 1520 scale (compared to a 1600 scale on the SAT). While a 1300 on the PSAT suggests you might score around a 1300 on the SAT, a perfect PSAT score doesn’t necessarily guarantee perfection on the SAT. The two scoring scales coincide with one another, but the PSAT is shifted down to account for its differences in level of difficulty.

Brebeuf Jesuit Data (December 3, 2018)

  • 10th grade average score = 1117… National average = 933
  • 11th grade average score = 1205… National average = 1014
  • Understanding your PSAT/NMSQT Score Report

Please reference the document here, ‘PSAT/NMSQT Understanding Scores

Watch this quick 3-minute video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5i-bOhSzyig

FOR SOPHOMORES…we will be reviewing PSAT score reports during College Counseling Seminar early 2nd semester.

FOR JUNIORS…your score report is accessible online only, and you are welcome to pick-up your test booklet from your College Counselor to review incorrect questions, omitted questions, etc. at any time. If you have questions regarding your score report, please see your College Counselor.

DID I QUALIFY AS A NATIONAL MERIT SEMI-FINALIST?

College Board will notify the College Counseling Office in early fall (September ‘19) of the students who qualify as Commended or National Merit Semi-Finalists. To learn more, please visit www.nationalmerit.org.

Where do I go from here?   Prep, prep, prep!


Help Needed! AP Exam Proctors:

The College Counseling Office is looking for any parent who is interested in helping proctor AP exams this Spring. Individuals must already be approved through Safe & Sacred. If interested, please contact Kelly Shank at kshank@brebeuf.org


COLLEGE BOARD ACCOMMODATIONS FOR 2019 AP EXAMS (MAY 6-10 & MAY 13-17)

Attention students taking AP classes/exams this year!

If you would like to receive accommodations, such as extended time, on your AP exams this year, please know that the deadline for submitting requests for testing accommodations is Feb. 22, 2019. To ensure the process of applying, and getting approved, is completed in a timely fashion, please contact your Academic Counselor ASAP.

***Note – it is important to understand that receiving accommodations at Brebeuf does not ensure that the College Board will approve accommodations for AP exams.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Lindsay Davis or our SSD Coordinator, Ms. Christina Rhodes.

Lindsay Davis – ldavis@brebeuf.org
Christina Rhodes – crhodes@brebeuf.org


SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. CICF (Central Indiana Community Foundation) general scholarship application opened on November 12. Many scholarships are available, with one central application – due by Feb. 5. Please see www.cicf.org/scholarships for details and a link to the 38 page CICF scholarship guidebook.
  2. Many scholarships can be searched through your Naviance page. Go to Colleges tab, drop down to Scholarships and Money, and select the Scholarships List. From here you can sort by application/nomination deadline or filter for type of scholarship (area of study, community service, need-based, minority/diversity, overcoming adversity, etc). You can also just scroll through the whole list, which is growing every day.
  3. Continue to seek scholarship opportunities at all colleges to which you’ve applied. Many schools have additional essays, nominations, and deadlines for merit scholarships – see the school’s Admission/Financial Aid website, or do a Google Search of the school’s name and “Scholarships.”

INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Center for Leadership Development (CLD) offers generous CLD Partner College Scholarships to CLD Emerging Scholars. To learn how to become a CLD Emerging Scholar and more about CLD Partner College Scholarships, please plan to attend a presentation by Mr. John Turner, CLD College Success Coordinator, on Tuesday, December 11 during PRT O from 9:15 am – 9:55 am in the France Stone Room. Students in grades 9-11 and their parents are welcome to attend.

Project Uplift at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a summer enrichment and college access program designed to promote and increase access to higher education for all outstanding students, especially those underrepresented in postsecondary education. Every year, during May and June, approximately 1,000 high school seniors participate in one of four separate Project Uplift sessions. During this two-day experience, Project Uplift participants live on Carolina’s campus, interacting with faculty, staff and current students, participating in educational, cultural and social activities. To learn more about this opportunity and to apply to Project Uplift, please go to this link: https://diversity.unc.edu/access/summer/project-uplift/.

The Champion Project is offering a spring college tour to 5 Ivy League colleges including the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Columbia University, Yale University, and Harvard University.  The tour is scheduled for March 31 – April 4, 2019. Cost is $650 and fundraising is available. To learn more, go to www.champion-project.com.

The Educate Me Foundation is offering an HBCU college tour from March 27-31, 2019.  The following schools will be included:  Tennessee State University, Albany State University, Fisk University, Bethune-Cookman University, Florida and Mechanical University, and Edward Waters College.  Cost is $550. To learn more, go to www.educatemefoundation.org.

Indiana University’s diversity resources are extensive. Please find information about opportunities to enhance your IU experience, including scholarships, at this link: https://admissions.indiana.edu/life/diversity/opportunities.html.

Some scholarship opportunities are specifically available to minority students. Some of these opportunities can be found at the following links:  Hispanic Scholarship Fund: https://www.hsf.net/, United Negro College Fund (UNCF): https://www.uncf.org/, Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship: https://www.jackierobinson.org/our-programs/scholarship-program.