Berkeley County Schools' students who took the PSAT/NMSQT in the Fall of 2017 followed by the SAT in the Spring of 2018, showed greater growth in scores than their counterparts across West Virginia.
According to Joel Gulko, Senior Director of The College Board, fifty-eight (58) students showed an increase of 100-140 points on the SAT over the PSAT/NMSQT, nineteen (19) students gained between 150-190 points, and seventeen (17) students increased their score by over 200 points. The average increase for students across West Virginia was 60 points.
"The PSAT/NMSQT allows a student to experience the type of questions being asked in the SAT, and is used in awarding National Merit Scholarships," said Don Dellinger, Deputy Superintendent of Instruction for Berkeley County Schools. Dellinger believes this success is due to a personalized plan developed for the student following the completion of the PSAT. "Students taking the PSAT will receive a detailed plan, or skill builder, detailing areas of possible improvement. This skill builder provides questions and problems that will strengthen areas recognized for possible growth through the PSAT test". Dellinger gives credit to school administration and guidance counselors who encouraged these students to maximize the opportunity provided to them through these personalized plans.
All Berkeley County Schools' juniors will be taking the PSAT this year. College bound sophomores are encouraged to take this test and should see their guidance counselor for more details.