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An Evaluation of a Kit to Prepare Hispanic Students for the PSAT/NMSQT NMSQT PSAT

Pennock-Roman, Maria; Powers, Donald E.; Perez, Monte.
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RR-89-03, CBR-89-01
ETS Research Report
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College Board, Evaluation, Hispanic Students, Instructional Materials, National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT), Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), Test Preparation, Testskills (Kit)


A collaborative effort to improve access to college for Hispanic youth on the part of the College Board, Educational Testing Service (ETS), and the Hispanic Higher Education Coalition resulted in a test-familiarization pilot kit titled Preparing for the PSAT/NMSQT for Hispanic High School Students. The kit contains practice tests for the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, 22 lesson plans that cover test-taking skills, and a review of selected mathematics and English grammar concepts. The kit was designed to facilitate formal instruction by counselors and teachers at the junior and senior high school levels. It can also be used in college recruitment programs to help disadvantaged students prepare for other college admissions tests like the SAT. The current version is now titled Testskills: For Teachers of Hispanic Students. This report is meant to provide some modest information about students' and teachers' reactions to a pilot version of the kit. (24pp.)

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