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2018-19 College Fairs

Mark your calendars for the 2018-19 college fairs:

  • Tuesday, September 18, 6:30 – 8:00 pm:   Hamilton County College Fair at Fishers High School
  • Wednesday, September 19, 6:30 – 8:00 pm: Indy Westside College Fair at Ben Davis High School
  • Thursday, September 20, 9:00 am -12:00 pm, 6:00-8:00 pm: NACAC Indianapolis College Fair at Indiana Convention Center https://www.nacacfairs.org/indianapolis
  • Friday, September 21, 8:00 – 9:00 am: Jesuit Excellence Tour during third period
  • Tuesday, October 23, 7:00-9:00 pm: NACAC Indianapolis National Visual & Performing Arts Fair at Butler University nacacfairs.org/pva-indianapolis
  • Monday, March 11, 6:30 – 8:00 pm: Greater Indianapolis Southside Fair at University of Indianapolis
  • (tentative) Tuesday, March 12, time TBD: Northeast Indianapolis College Fair at Lawrence Central
  • Wednesday, March 13, 6:00 – 8:00 pm: Greater Indianapolis Northside College Fair at Grand Park

Fall 2018 Test Prep Opportunities

The PSAT will be offered in October. We will meet with students in grades 9 through 11 to give more information about interpreting your scores in the coming weeks. In the interim, there are several local opportunities you can utilize as you to prepare for future SAT and ACT tests.

  • The BCHS SAT PREP CLASS will once again be offered in January and February. It is teacher-led.
  • BENDER AND ROCAP EDUCATIONAL SERVICES. (http://www.bender-rocap.com, 317.205.9215, maggie@bender-rocap.com) Experienced tutors who have received A+ feedback from students who now feel more confident. Many students raised their scores, gained admission to the college of their choice or earned scholarships. For individual tutoring: $60 per hour; $45 for 45 minutes. For two students together: $38 per student, per hour. For three or four students together: $27 per student, per hour.
  • CLASS 101. Classes are $499. Over the past 20 years, Class 101 has helped more than 3,000 students improve their average SAT scores over 180 points. Tools Provided: Textbook, Worksheets, Online Resources, Trend Sheets, Two Full Practice Tests in Class and Trend Analysis, Two Additional Tests for Homework, Discover Areas of Weakness and Correct Weak Trends, Test-taking Tips, Strategies, and Timing. (https://www.class101.com/centralindiana/act-sat-classes/)
  • CLUB Z! IN-HOME TUTORING. Test Prep Online Option: Great option for students with very busy schedules or who don’t quite need the intensity of one-on-one, private tutoring. http://tutors.clubztutoring.com/indy/indy-online-sat-act-classes/. One-on-one, In-Home Option: SAT: http://tutors.clubztutoring.com/indy/indy-sat-test-prep-tutors/, ACT: http://tutors.clubztutoring.com/indy/indy-act-test-prep-tutors/. SAT/ACT program information and SAT/ACT Flyer on the BCHS School Counseling site provide additional information.
  • COLLEGE NANNIES+SITTERS+TUTORS. Sponsor of our Spring College Night, College Nannies + Sitters + Tutors offers in-office tutoring in the Nora area with a customized model that emphasizes matching an appropriate tutor with the student’s learning style.
  • A flexible approach anchored with tailored, detailed Progress Plans helps to ensure success for each student. https://www.collegenanniesandtutors.com/tutor/collegetestprep/ Carmel and Nora Libraries are co-hosting SAT/ACT Practice Exams with College Tutors on Aug 25th. Students must register and choose location and test option via registration link: Aug 25 ACT/SAT Practice Exam. Carmel Library session starts at 9:30am, Nora Library starts at 10am, and each session will last approximately 3.5 hours. This is a complimentary session provided by Nora Library, Carmel Library, and College Tutors but seating is limited. Any questions can be directed to Dave Snider, 317-559-2510.
  • KHAN ACADEMY offers a free, personalized way for you to use the results of your PSAT to prep for the SAT. We have seen students increase their scores significantly by practicing 3 to 4 times a week for 30 to 45 minutes a day for three months. Reminder: It’s free!
  • MOXEY TEST PREP. Introductions are available to the Moxey Test Prep methods for all sections of the SAT and ACT. Email moxeytestprep@gmail.com to have a spot held and receive a confirmation that gives the details about payment, location, and required materials. Seating is very limited. More information on all upcoming SAT and ACT workshop classes is at moxeytestprep.com.
  • SARAH PETERSON is a private tutor with 27 years of test prep experience. She offers weekday afternoon & evening appointments (no weekend) at her home office in Ivy Hills. Individual and small group sessions, individualized to students’ needs. Text or talk: 317-578-1986. Email:  Sarah.m.peterson@sbcglobal.net

PSAT Results: Fall 2017

SCORE REPORTS FOR PSAT: FALL 2017 RESULTS ARE AVAILABLE NOW

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.

VIEWING YOUR SCORES ONLINEPSAT example 1

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: https://youtu.be/nzCSIilL3WQ.

PAPER REPORT PART 1: YOUR SCORES

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.

 

PAPER REPORT PART 2: SUBSCORE INFORMATION

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.

 

PAPER REPORT PART 3: NATIONAL MERIT

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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PAPER REPORT PART 5: QUESTION ANALYSIS

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.

https://www.khanacademy.org/sat

SOURCE

Thank you to the CollegeBoard for making their Suite of Assessments so user-friendly and cohesive this year! https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/scores/student-score-reports

College Spotlight 6

College: Butler University

Author: Ellen R. from Savoy, IL

Admissions site: https://www.butler.edu/admission

Some obvious thoughts on why Butler is unique may be the fact we’re a small school of 4400 with D1 athletics. Others may think about how our Jordan College of the Arts has a dance program that ranks in the top 5 ballet programs nationally, even though we’re in the heart of the midwest. Or that our placement rate is at an all time high of 97% of students in jobs related to their degree, graduate schools, or taking a gap year to travel or perform acts of services for communities abroad or nearby six months after graduation. These however are not why I chose Butler as my undergraduate institution, though they did help influence my decision. When I first toured Butler in the summer of 2016, there were three things that stood out to me.

The first, utmost important factor in choosing Butler was their commitment to excellent academic instruction. As a psychology major, I have already taken a class from an author of an established textbook used at renowned research institutions around the world! Additionally, the core curriculum and liberal arts basis for undergraduates was a strong influence in my decision because students who have already declared their major still get the opportunity to meet members of the community interested in different fields of study.

Community was the second reason I chose Butler. Because my high school was small, I knew I enjoyed knowing my peers and having more than one class with the same instructor. This intimacy is amplified by our established presence in college basketball and commitment to the arts. The community goes beyond students and faculty and extends throughout the greater Indianapolis area. During our diversity lecture series last spring, we had political satirist and commentarian W. Kamau Bell speak, and it was amazing to see how full Clowes Hall became.

The third reason I chose Butler was the commitment to diversity. Diversity at Butler was one of our founding principles. We have diversity in instruction, and experience across our 6 colleges. We have viewpoint diversity, a commitment to protect freedom of speech among students! We promote and celebrate religious, ethnic, and racial diversity across campus. We support varying abilities of students with physical or intellectual differences. We are inclusive.

If any of these attributes speak to you, seek out more information about Butler! You are now part of our community. Best of luck, and as always, Go Dawgs!

 

“When I was observing a class, a student I didn’t know at the time welcomed me and introduced himself via writing on a paper towel. This small action influenced by decision come to Butler .” -Julia B.