Help Your Students Improve Their Scores With Official SAT Practice

Once your students have taken the PSAT 10 and received their scores, it is a great time to get them started with Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy.  Students can create a free account on Khan Academy, link it with their College Board account, and share their PSAT 10 results with Khan Academy to receive a personalized practice plan for the SAT.  

This practice plan includes quizzes, lessons, and videos focused on the skills each student needs to build for the SAT and for college and career.  There are Tips and Strategies to prepare for and to take the SAT, and there is free SAT essay practice with personalized feedback.

A study of 250,000 students from the class of 2017 showed that a little practice goes a long way—regardless of gender, race, income, or high school GPA. In fact, 20 hours on Khan Academy® was associated with an average 115-point increase from the PSAT/NMSQT® to the SAT.

Help the students in your school get started on Official SAT Practice by developing a school-wide plan that gives every student time to practice.  Self-Guided Course 10 offers steps for building an Official SAT Practice implementation plan.

Your teachers and counselors have access to the Official SAT Practice Coach Tools when they create an account on Khan Academy.  Coach Tools allow teachers to:

  • help students stick to their practice goals with data that tells them, at a glance, not only how much students have been practicing, but exactly what they’ve been working on and how they did;

  • identify the skills their class is struggling with, and access resources such as lesson plans, related exercises, and videos to help reinforce the concepts; and

  • Identify which skills individual students in their class are struggling with.

View and share College Board’s e-module in the SAT Suite of Assessments Knowledge Center to get all the details on Official SAT Practice Coach Tools.

More ideas for school-wide implementation plans and useful resources are available at  Get flyers, email templates, and social posts to help you start building your Official SAT Practice plan.


Prepare for Digital Testing

On April 9, 2019, Rhode Island high schools will administer the SAT School Day and PSAT 10.  For the first time, the PSAT 10 will be administered digitally, via computer.  While RIDE will be offering online training in February, 2019 (see the Key Dates from the RIDE website), it will be helpful to review additional materials to ensure digital testing runs smoothly for your staff and students.  

The Digital Testing Coordinator Checklist provides a list of things to do to prepare for digital testing. You’ll want to be sure you meet the Digital Requirements for room set up and connectivity:

  • Digital testing rooms should be free from distractions, have adequate lighting and ventilation, and have restrooms nearby.

  • There should be a clock visible to students, and anything related to test content should be out of view.

  • Digital testing rooms should have one device available for each student, and one device designated for the proctor.

  • Students must sit in chairs with backs, and we strongly recommend using partitions between desks. This differs from paper testing requirements, which don't allow partitions.

Review the quick start guide for more detailed information.

In addition to Test Coordinator, Technology Coordinator and SSD Coordinator training, College Board requires one-hour staff training online for all Proctors.  Once required training is completed, your staff can enter the Test Administration Interface Practice Site to review a simulated test day and get hands-on experience administering the digital PSAT 10.  The more comfortable your staff is in leading test administration, the more comfortable your students will be, encouraging improved performance.

The College Board highly recommends that you arrange Preadministration sessions with students prior to test day. Schools will receive Student Privacy Letters in the April materials shipments.  Share these letters with students and parents prior to preadministration to provide time for families to make decisions about participation in Student Search Service and using the four (4) free college/university score-sends. By completing the questionnaire and opting into Student Search Service®, participating colleges and scholarship organizations will be better able to identify your students.  Institutions that receive SAT scores and related data are required to maintain confidentiality of data and to adhere to College Board guidelines for using information.

Arrange pre administration sessions for students to complete the Student Data Questionnaire on the digital platform and give them a dry run for test administration.  Everyone benefits:

  • Students learn how to use the digital testing tools and become familiar with the testing platform.

  • Proctors practice administering the digital test.

  • Test coordinators confirm that proctors understand how to administer the test.

  • Everyone saves time on test day.

  • Ensure that all computers are set up correctly:

  • The CB Secure Browser should be properly installed on all student computers.

  • The TA Interface should launch on all proctor computers.

  • Student test settings in TIDE should reflect students' approved accommodations.

Instructions for the preadministration session are included in the Test Coordinator manual.  It is best to schedule these sessions before test day, hold the session during a class period, and make sure the technology coordinator is available for troubleshooting.

For more detailed information on digital PSAT 10, visit

Good luck with 2019 assessment administration!


Using PSAT Score Reports to Inform Master Schedules

Your students’ PSAT score reports tell them more than just their scores on the October assessment. They also give your students insight about the Advanced Placement® exams on which they are likely to be successful. When your students access their PSAT online score report, they are directed to explore their AP possibilities.

AP Potential™

Did you know that PSAT/NMSQT® scores are stronger predictors of students’ AP Exam scores than more traditional factors, such as high school grades and grades in same-discipline course work?

AP Potential is a free, Web-based tool that allows schools to generate rosters of students who are likely to score a 3 or higher on a given AP® Exam based on their performance on the PSAT/NMSQT®, PSAT™ 8/9, PSAT™ 10, or SAT®. AP Potential is designed to help you increase access to AP and to ensure that no student who has the chance of succeeding in AP is overlooked.

You and your team can access the AP Potential Tool through the K-12 Score Reporting Portal (the access code is in your school’s Roster report).  You can generate rosters of students who are likely to score a 3 or higher on a given AP Exam. As you view the rosters of students and their likelihood of success in AP, consider the following questions for your Master Schedule:

  1. Do you offer the AP courses in which your students demonstrate a likelihood of success?
  2. Do you offer enough sections of the AP courses in which your students demonstrate a likelihood of success? 
  3. What is your plan for meeting with students individually, discussing AP Potential, and encouraging them to take challenging, college-level coursework?

Strengthening Your AP Program

Here are some suggestions for growing your AP Program:

  1. Meet with students and parents to discuss the value of AP coursework and earning college credit in high school. 
  2. Host AP Potential breakfasts/gatherings for students who might be successful in an AP course, but need additional encouragement.  Have current and/or former AP students answer questions from these students.
  3. Offer critical thinking, reading, and writing supports for students who might not feel confident to take an AP course, such as spring break/summer and before/after school programs.
  4. Ensure that your AP teachers have the opportunity to participate in related professional development.
  5. Offer Pre-AP® courses to build the skills of all students in your school and increase their likelihood of success in AP.
  6. Join Rhode Island’s statewide AP User Group!

If you’d like more ideas or support in building your AP Program, contact Dena Johnson at

Remind Students to Join the College Board Opportunity Scholarships

The College Board has launched a new scholarship program with $5 million of scholarships each year, beginning with the class of 2020.  Starting on December 10, 2018, all class of 2020 students are eligible to join the College Board Opportunity Scholarships via their College Board account. The more effort students put in, the more opportunities they will have to earn a scholarship. Scholarships will be awarded through monthly drawings to students who complete each action. The first scholarship drawings will take place at the end of January. The program will remain open to the Class of 2020 through February 2020.  For more information, please visit: 


Score Week is Coming!

Now that students have taken the PSAT/NMSQT, it's time to help them put their scores to good use and take the next step to college.  There are lots of resources available to ensure you and your staff are ready to support your students.

On Monday, December 3, educators will have access to their students’ scores in the K-12 Score Reporting Portal.  Throughout the week of December 3-7, the College Board will offer free live webinars for your counselors to help them prepare for score release:

Where Do I Start? PSAT/NMSQT 101 - New to the K–12 reporting portal? Need a refresher? Get updates and see how we're making it easier to find reports and data to advise students.

There are webinars for principals also.  In addition to the College Board Opportunity Scholarship and Recognition Program webinar,you can access an on-demand webinar co- presented by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and the College Board: How Principals Can Create School Change with PSAT/NMSQT Results.  There is also an on-demand webinar explaining the Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy Student Ambassador Program.

If you’re looking for resources to help spread the word about PSAT/NMSQT scores, look no further than the Score Week page, which offers parent and student email templates, newsletter and website templates, as well as social media posts.  You can review the tips for helping your students, who will receive their scores in their College Board account on December 10.  

On the K-12 Educators score resources page, you’ll find lesson plans for sharing scores with students, guides for students and parents to understand scores, and a score report video that makes it easy for students to read their scores and take action.  

Your school will receive one paper score report for each student tested on or around December 15.  The paper score report shares some of the same information as the online student report, but there is so much more for students online.  They can link to BigFuture and search for colleges, link to Official SAT Practice, and read the actual questions from the PSAT/NMSQT to understand what they missed.  Make time in school for students to go online to see their scores and set improvement goals – it pays off when their SAT score shows they’re ready for college.

Interested in more scholarship information?  In addition to the College Board Opportunity Scholarships, Rhode2Collegerecently launched!  It is designed to motivate high-achieving students from low- and moderate-income households to take the steps necessary to prepare them to enroll in college.  Over their last two years of high school, participating Rhode2College Scholars can earn up to $2,000 in short- and long-term payments to help towards college as they complete key college preparation milestones

July Updates from College Board:

Start the School Year Strong with an Official SAT® Practice School-Wide Plan

The Results Are In: Official SAT® Practice Pays Off

A study of 250,000 students from the class of 2017 showed that a little practice goes a long way—regardless of gender, race, income, or high school GPA. 

In fact, 20 hours on Khan Academy® was associated with an average 115-point increase from the PSAT/NMSQT® to the SAT. 

Help the students in your school get started on Official SAT Practice by developing a school-wide plan that gives every student time to practice.  Professional Development Module 10 offers steps for building an Official SAT Practice implementation plan. (Please use this link, not sure Professional Development Module 10 will work,

Consider the following successful ideas to encourage skill-building:

  • Houston ISD (Texas) developed a schoolwide initiative with a two-pronged approach: 
    1. Juniors earned money for college by using Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy.  $500 Scholarships were up for grabs for students who earned at least 50,000 energy points on Official SAT Practice and then three winners were picked randomly. 
    2. For the class of 2017 they held a contest – which school could create the Best HISD SAT School Day Promotional Campaign? The winning school earned money for their junior class for college-bound materials, excursions, opportunities, etc. ($1,000– 1st place, $500– 2nd place, $250– 3rd place). 
  • Garland ISD (Texas) created physical media displays to raise awareness and remind students and families about Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy. 
  • At Oak Ridge High School (Orange County, Fla.), curriculum leaders held a month-long campaign: “You Khan Do It!”
    1. This campaign engaged teachers across grade levels and content areas to use the SAT practice tools, as well as act as a graduation and college and career ready intervention.
    2. Teachers encouraged students to use Khan Academy as bell work, during shortened class periods, and for extra credit opportunities.
    3. Classes competed with each other to obtain the most energy points and win weekly prizes, including school incentives, such as front-of-the-line lunch passes and breakfast celebrations, or prizes that were donated by local businesses. 

More ideas and useful resources are available at  Get flyers, email templates, and social posts to help you start building your Official SAT Practice plan.

May Updates from College Board: 

Making the Most of SAT® Suite Data

Whew! You made it through test day in April and now you are preparing to view and understand your scores.  There are some great resources on the College Board website that can help:

  • Watch the interactive walkthrough to learn about the K-12 Score Reporting Portal and the SAT Suite scores (and share this with your teachers!).
  • Check out Accessing Scores to get more information about the K-12 Score Reporting Portal.
  • Watch this webinarmore about the K-12 Score Reporting Portal.
  • Use the Student Demo to help students learn how to access their individual scores.
  • Find “Using Your Scores To Increase College Readiness” Lesson Plans on the Score Resources webpage.
  • Show this video to help students link their College Board and Khan Academy accounts to get personalized practice on Official SAT Practice.
  • Sign in to the K-12 Score Reporting Portal using your College Board professional account (you must be granted access to the portal by your Access Manager).

Much more information is available at  

April Updates from College Board: 

Encouraging Students to Take AP® Courses and Exams

There are many reasons to encourage students to take AP courses and exams: 

  • Save time and money in college
  • Stand out in the admission process
  • Earn academic scholarships and awards
  • Build skills and habits that will help students succeed in life after high school

Using AP Potential™ for Scheduling 

Student scores on the PSAT can help them decide which courses might be right for them. When they access their scores online, the College Board’s AP Potential tool shows them which AP courses they’re likely to do well. Counselors and other educators can sign in to their professional accounts to identify students who share a likelihood of success on AP, so they’ll know which courses to offer. 

Accessing and Benefits of AP Potential

Here’s how to see which students have the potential for success in AP.  Use these reports to guide students to challenging courses, or to determine whether you need to add more AP courses to your schedule.

  1. Sign in to the K12 Score Reporting Portal
  2. Run a Roster Report
  3. Find your school’s AP Potential Tool Access Code (upper right corner)
  4. Click AP Potential Tool button and log in using your school’s Access Code
  5. Select the Administration Year
  6. Choose the Roster Type – Do you want to recruit students for current AP courses, or expand your offerings by finding students who have potential for success in additional AP courses?
  7. Select Subjects
  8. Select Grades
  9. Run the Report and talk to counselors, teachers, and students who can help grow your AP Program.

The AP Potential Tool also provides standard, printable letters you can send to introduce AP to parents.

Remember, the AP Potential tool gives just one indicator of readiness for AP. Students may show readiness for AP in other ways —grades, interest in the subject, or success in earlier courses, for example. Students and their teachers or counselors can discuss next steps for taking AP.

March Updates from College Board: 

Preparing for the SAT and PSAT

It’s time to prepare for the SAT® School Day and PSAT™10!  As you begin to think about administering the tests on April 10th, you and your staff will want to make sure you’re prepared for test administration.  Here’s a quick checklist to help you get ready:

  • Check out the PSAT 10 Resource Library for materials to share with teachers, students, and parents.
  • Read and distribute the PSAT 10 Supervisor Manual, and the SAT School Day Supervisor Manual to staff who will be involved in test administration. Train staff in test-day regulations and ensure they are comfortable with their roles as Supervisors, Associate Supervisors, and Proctors.
  • Identify the number of testing rooms needed and assign students and staff to testing rooms.  Don’t forget about rooms for students with accommodations! Prepare student seating plans in advance.
  • Consider using optional codes to have students’ paper score reports sorted for easier distribution. Inform Supervisors of all codes you’ll be using on test day.
  • Read the SAT School Day Preadministration Instructions and offer preadministration sessions for test takers.  Preadministration instructions for the PSAT 10 are available on p. 10 of the Supervisor Manual.  Preadministration shortens the test day and helps students stay focused during the test.
  • Develop and communicate a schedule for test day activities. Plan to begin testing early enough to complete testing before lunchtime. Check the school calendar to prevent disruptive activities—such as fire drills, unrelated announcements on the public address system, or band practices next to the testing room(s)—from taking place during the testing period.
  • Distribute the Student Guide (NOT the test booklets!) and informational flyers about the test to students about two weeks prior to testing, and give reminders as test day approaches.
  • Remind students to use Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy® to strengthen their skills before test day.
  • When test materials arrive, check that you have received all cartons, and use the checklist in the Supervisor Manuals to verify that you have all materials.  Contact the SAT School Day hotline at 855.373.6387 if any materials are missing.  Secure all test-day materials within 24 hours.
  • Refer to the SAT School Day Supervisor’s Manual and the PSAT 10 Supervisor’s Manual to ensure your staff and students have all the details before test day arrives.
  • Additional information is available on RIDE’s website at: 

February Updates from College Board: 

Benefits of the SAT® Suite

Are you wondering whether you want to use the PSAT™ 8/9 assessment?  PSAT 8/9 offers many benefits to students and teachers, helping students determine what they need to work on most so that they’re ready for college when they graduate from high school—and it supports educators as they guide the way.

A Head Start

The PSAT 8/9 tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT®, and PSAT™ 10—in a way that makes sense for eighth and ninth graders. It measures what they’re already learning in their classrooms, shows them whether they’re on track for college, and lets them know where they need the most improvement. This means students have time to tackle these areas long before they take the SAT.

Personalized Practice

Students over age 13 can share their scores with Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy® to create a personalized practice experience. It’s the best way to prepare for other tests in the SAT Suite of Assessments, and it’s free.

 Additional Benefits

  • PSAT 8/9 can be given during a flexible fall and/or spring testing window, including the same day as the SAT School Day and PSAT 10
  • Results are included in the SAT Suite of Assessments Reporting Portal where you can run reports, look for trends, and get files to import into your student information system
  • Students and teachers can access AP Potential™, a tool that identifies ninth graders likely to succeed in AP World History or AP European History
  • Students can access Roadtrip Nation’s career roadmaps, helping them see where their interests can take them

If you’d like to learn more about PSAT 8/9, review the Educators’ Guide to the PSAT Related Assessments in our Resource Library, or contact Dena Johnson ( today.


December/January Updates:

From time to time, relevant information will be posted on the RIASP website, from the College Board, which will assist you in navigating this SAT and PSAT assessment process.  

Are you ready for the SAT® School Day and PSAT™10, coming this April? 

Here are a few resources available to you today:

  • The SAT Suite of Assessments Teacher Implementation Guide – this guide provides an overview of the assessments, sample questions, skill-building strategies, and “Keys to the SAT.”  Review it in staff meetings or PLCs.
  • Professional Development Modules for Educators – These ten PowerPoint presentations with facilitator’s notes will walk your staff through the information they need to know to help students prepare for the assessments.  Review test specifications, sample questions, scores and reports for each section of the SAT and PSAT 10.
  • SAT Practice ( - learn about free Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy, access 16 lesson plans related to Official SAT Practice, and download all eight SAT practice tests and scoring information.  
  • SAT Daily Practice App – available in the App Store and through Google Play, get the SAT Question of the Day, score practice assessments, and link to Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy.


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