PSAT Test Materials

Our PSAT preparation program provides extensive study resources and practice exams, available in both print and online formats, to support students in achieving their best possible scores. Through detailed performance analysis, we tailor lesson plans to address individual strengths and weaknesses, equipping students with the skills and strategies needed to excel on test day and bolster their college admission prospects.

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Cambridge’s AccelePrep for the NEW PSAT Test is designed for those that want to learn how to best prepare for the changes found in the new online section adaptive PSAT test. This effective resource systematically addresses the two content sections of the test (combined reading/writing and math sections) in terms of design, adaptivity, timing, newly written passage types and question stems, and calculator based multiple-choice and student-produced response items.

Students will learn how to effectively navigate test content, avoid common errors and distractors, leverage the latest test features to maximize their score, master strategies for the most frequently tested topics, and “Ace the Pace” while experiencing high-value practice items that offer the best return on preparation.

Throughout the resource there is an emphasis on the most Essential PSAT/SAT Skills.  One full-length practice test is also included so that students can hone their test-taking abilities and put their new knowledge to practice, a key action for preparing for the PSAT/SAT.

The teacher’s guide helps teachers to teach the skills and strategies students need to approach the PSAT test efficiently and effectively. The book is all inclusive with the student text and highlights AccelePrep exclusive tools such as mastering the AccelePrep method, test specifications and features, effective pacing, strategies, and power tip alerts.  In addition, teacher notes are provided that not only highlight the correct answer but provide explanations as to why incorrect answers are truly incorrect.

Based on the Department of Education’s recommended approach for maximum score increases, Cambridge’s Victory for the NEW SAT Test Program comprises three-volumes: Victory for the NEW SAT Test, Essentials Skills for the NEW SAT Test, and a book of practice tests.

The Victory for the NEW SAT student edition is designed to:

  • address all the changes related to the new online section adaptive SAT Test,
  • provide a thorough review of the two content sections of the new test – the combined reading/writing and the math sections,
  • provide an in-depth understanding of the new test design in terms of adaptivity, timing, newly written passages and question stems, and the integration of both multiple-choice and student-produced response question formats in a calculator-allowed environment,
  • provide master strategies for frequently tested topics, and
  • provide over 90 hours of core content review and over 1,000 reinforcement items.

The companion volume, Essential Skills for the NEW SAT Test, includes review and practice of the most essential SAT skills. Review exercises are based on three score ranges of the College Readiness Standards™, spanning everything from foundational high school readiness to the topmost range of college ready skills, all encountered on the SAT test. The practice test book contains three additional full-length practice tests and additional subject quizzes.

Cambridge’s Victory for the NEW SAT Test teacher’s guide systematically presents core content and skills, test-taking strategies, and explanations to all classroom text exercises, quizzes, and tests. The content outline helps instructors guide students through well-defined content review. The student text material is included in the teacher’s guide for a more user-friendly teaching experience. The Essential Skills teacher’s guide helps teachers to easily differentiate instruction in the classroom based on student needs and provide the needed practice to fill skill gaps, master SAT skills, and increase SAT scores.

Cambridge’s eCelePrep for the SAT® and PSAT/NMSQT® Tests is a comprehensive online course that provides up to 30 hours of rigorous curricula in an interactive and self-guided format.  This web course is available on all devices, including computers, tablets, and smartphones so students have access wherever the internet is available.  eCelePrep contains pre- and post-tests and lesson units that help students understand and leverage the PSAT/SAT’s test-mechanics, master tested concepts, and develop game plans to answer even the toughest questions. Students also have access to graded practice quizzes and timed mini tests.  Although no teacher involvement is necessary, teachers can track student progress, time on task, individual results, and scoring.

Teacher Professional Development

Cambridge’s Test DeMystifier Professional Development gives teachers a thorough understanding of the PSAT test. Teachers learn about test mechanics including the test structure and format; timing of each subject test – Reading, Writing and Language, English, Math, and Science; tested content and skills within each subject and in what proportion; and analysis of the new Essay, including the passage, prompt, and expectations. With practice problems in Reading, Writing and Language, English, Math, and Science teachers learn high-value test-taking strategies for items most frequently encountered on the test; how different forms of “data” are integrated throughout the tests; how to address student-produced response questions, and about evidence-based questions. Teachers also gain insight into the scoring of the tests and the aligned scale scores for any suite of exams (PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, and PSAT/NMSQT).

Cambridge’s Introduction to Testing Readiness provides teachers with a thorough understanding of how to effectively prepare students using any one of Cambridge’s test preparation materials including Victory for the PSAT and AccelePrep for the PSAT texts. Led by a Cambridge Master teacher and customized for your implementation model your teachers will analyze the Cambridge Course Concept Outline, understand the instructional layout and progression of the Cambridge materials, consider different course structures and timings, learn how to target instruction based on ability levels while incorporating building basic skills into your program, review applicable Item Indexes and Crosswalks to Standards, explore the mechanics of the applicable test in terms of test structure, timing, content, frequency and skills for each section of the test (e.g. Writing, Language, Reading, Math, and Science), learn best practices for implementing and differentiating instruction, and gain insight into question types, concepts tested, common distractors, and assigning homework.  This professional development assumes use of Cambridge materials for a skill building or test preparation program.

Teachers will take a dive into their own students’ data to understand how to effectively use the Cambridge data reports (reports may include Student Summary and Item Analysis, Instructor Summary, Error Analysis, Content Distribution, Formative Connection, Lesson Plans, and others) to more effectively address skill gaps and target instruction. Topics include the pre-assessment process and the importance of timely and accurate feedback, linking assessment items to instructional objectives and differentiating among learners to drive score increases across the spectrum of achievement. Teachers will also learn powerful PSAT test-taking strategies to incorporate in the classroom.

Student and Family Workshops

The ScoreCelerator Workshop for the PSAT tests offer an intensive review of solid test taking techniques, high-value targets that offer the best return on preparation time, and powerful test-taking strategies. Students will learn how to avoid common errors and use the test structure to maximum advantage.  Topics include:

  • The mechanics of the test:
    • How the test is written and scored
    • How just a few more correct questions can dramatically increase scores – every problem matters,
    • Common distractors
  • A systematic analysis of each section of the test:
    • Mapping of item types
    • Timing and pacing of the test
    • Proportion of problems
  • The need to be a wise test-taker:
    • In-depth strategies
    • How to get the best return on preparation and practice
  • Workshop practice problems are used illustrate test mechanics and strategies

The Student Motivation Workshop encourages students to set high expectations for educational and personal goals, and to start planning for the future now.  Emphasizing the importance of good test scores and conscientious preparation to build a competitive application, students learn the impact education has on career choices and earnings, today’s top jobs and in-demand college degrees, how to maximize opportunities for admission and financial aid, and the importance of solid practice and preparation for the challenges of the PSAT® test.