College Reminders for the Class of 2019

If you want to sign up for a college planning meeting with me, stop by or email me and we can find a time to meet at your convenience. If your family wants to meet with me as well, they can select a meeting time or email me to coordinate another time. Before we meet, please complete the College Autobiography. Many teachers require this before they write letters of recommendation, but it also allows me to ask questions as you plan which campuses to visit, what majors to consider, etc.
There are lots of ways you can prepare for the SAT/ACT now to increase your scores. Many colleges, scholarships, and academic majors have specific test score minimums. Do not underestimate how preparation can help you!
  • Your grades this semester matter a lot. They are so important for college applications. 
  • Your senior schedule matters a lot. Colleges absolutely care what you take senior year. 
  • You want to start visiting colleges now. Register online through the admission office website for each college
  • When you register for the SAT/ACT, select schools to receive your scores automatically. Almost all colleges require scores to be sent directly from the testing service rather than from your high school, and it is free to send them when you take the test. 
  • Ask questions! We are here to help you. The more work you put into your college search now, the easier your senior year will be. 
  • Complete your applications in August. Just trust me on this one. 

College Tutors SAT Practice Test: Jan. 13

College Tutors is hosting a College Entrance Practice Test Saturday, January 13, 2018, starting at 9:00 a.m. at their Learning Center, 1300 E 86th street, Nora Plaza (next to Marshalls).

This session will be for the March 10 SAT Exam and will mirror what students will experience while taking the actual SAT exam. This is a small-group, proctored exam and will last approximately three hours.

Scores are summarized in collaboration with Summit Education Group*, reviewed with their experienced staff, with consultation around improving specific areas of the test. This is a great resource for students needing to close gaps in particular subjects or simply striving to improve overall performance.

*A sample test score summary can be viewed at ACT Practice Test Score

To register, students and families should email Andrea Harmon-Alexander: aharmonalexander@collegenannie

PSAT Results: Fall 2017


You can now view your PSAT scores online with your CollegeBoard login. Counselors will deliver the paper score reports to homerooms after Christmas break. If you use your PSAT scores correctly, you can improve your SAT scores, increase your academic potential, and focus your college search.


When you log into your CollegeBoard account, you will first see your most recent scores. For information on how to “Get the Most from Your Score Report,” view the PSAT video:


You will be able to view your total score as well as the Screen Shot 2016-12-09 at 9.16.13 AMsubscores and benchmarks. The percentiles and benchmarks are useful to see where you have room to improve, but do not panic if you do not yet meet the benchmarks. The purpose of a practice test is to help you know where you can improve, and your BCHS counselors are here to help you prepare now to meet the benchmarks on future tests.



Screen Shot 2016-12-09 at 9.16.26 AMThe subscores demonstrate smaller areas of proficiency or areas of improvement. You will be able to break down the larger areas to see where you can focus your preparation before you take the SAT. This allows the study and preparation process to be less intimidating. For example, one week you can focus on questions that deal with Words in Context and then move on to Expression of Ideas rather than feeling overwhelmed and not starting at all.



Screen Shot 2016-12-09 at 9.16.38 AMFor Juniors Only: This section shows you your National Merit Scholarship eligibility. If there is an asterisk next to your NMSC selection index number, you do not qualify for the scholarship program. As discussed in junior Theology classes, a high index score is still beneficial to you in other ways. Please see Mrs. Nixon for more clarification.

Screen Shot 2016-12-09 at 9.16.49 AMPAPER REPORT PART 4: NEXT STEPS

This section of the report really breaks down your strengths and areas of growth. You can build confidence by seeing what you already do well (on the left) and continue to learn more about where you have room to improve (on the right). Using the suggestions in the right-hand column truly does give you the chance to focus your energy on improving your skills.

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This section of the report allows you to view every question you missed, the correct answer, and your incorrect guess. You can break down where you went wrong on your incorrect guess, the reasoning for the correct answer, and what you can expect going forward when you take the SAT. This is such a valuable tool for you as you set up your Khan Academy account and complete practice questions for your future College Board tests.


Thank you to the CollegeBoard for making their Suite of Assessments so user-friendly and cohesive this year!