SAT scores came out today from the March test (the first of the redesigned SAT). Of course, juniors got a glimpse of what the new test would be like in October, when they took the redesigned PSAT. Now my students are racing to find out what their scores mean. College Board came up with an online SAT Score Converter, which can also be found on the app store.

What’s interesting is your score’s significance isn’t as much judged by the overall score that you may tell your parents and friends you got, as by the subscore breakdown that requires further digging in your score report. For example, if your writing subscore (grammar, not essay) is propping up your reading subscore, the overall reading & writing score may look decent on the new test’s score report, but the score conversion is brutal.

Of course, for those who prep with our company, that’s not necessarily true. We had a successful approach to critical reading on the last test. And we’ve adapted with the new. Since the new SAT tests a more holistic skill-set, we’ve developed a longer-term, more effective solution: SmartyReader.com. In fact, we are offering free accounts through a summer reading pilot program to a limited number of rising sophomores and juniors at McDonogh, Friends, and Garrsion Forest School. Students will work through modular critical reading and writing exercises called Smarticles and capitalize on the imbedded vocab acquisition tools.

If your school’s not listed, please email your school’s college counseling office and have them get in touch with me directly: ian@smartyreader.com

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Ian Siegel

For more information about how to navigate the college tract, contact director of Streamline Tutors, Ian Siegel who specializes in college counseling, test prep, and academic coaching. You can visit his...