Understanding Your PSAT Score, the Testing Calendar, and Test-Optional Policies

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 8:00 PM ET / 5:00 PM PT


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What to Expect

With PSAT scores being released the first week of December, many students and parents are likely wondering how to interpret the score report, and how their results may impact test prep and college application plans. In this session, our experts will provide a full walk-through of the PSAT score report, including specific examples. In addition, you'll receive guidance on the testing calendar, how colleges are using test scores today, and how to use your scores strategically to maximize your merit aid.

Together, our presenters have decades of experience in the education and tutoring space, and have helped guide hundreds of students through test prep for the PSAT, SAT, ACT, and other college and high school entrance exams. This group knows test prep inside and out, and they’re eager to offer their valuable perspectives to guide parents and students along the path to college.

Join us to get answers to questions like:


How should I interpret my PSAT score report?


What next steps should I take after receiving my PSAT score?


How are colleges using SAT and ACT scores today?


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Sarah Coe-Odess, Ph.D.

StudyPoint Tutor for 6.5 years

Sarah has been tutoring for over 10 years and has been working with StudyPoint for 6.5 years. A clinical psychologist at Harvard who specializes in adolescents and young adults, Sarah loves working with high school students on PSAT, SAT, and ACT test prep and on college essay writing. She particularly loves working with students to help build their confidence, overcome test anxiety, and gain a sense of mastery over testing strategies and tricks. In addition to test prep, Sarah has experience tutoring students in English (grammar, writing, and reading comprehension), math, and Spanish. A former athlete, she loves the teamwork involved in tutoring: working collaboratively toward a common goal and igniting a sense of internal competition to help students strive to beat their previous high scores.

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Mary Jo Maciejewski, Ph.D.

StudyPoint Tutor for 12 years

Mary Jo began tutoring middle school science in inner-city schools in Milwaukee, WI during her first year of college at Marquette University, where she earned her B.S. in Biomechanical Engineering. She went on to earn a doctorate in biophysics from the Medical College of WI and biomedical engineering from Marquette University. After a decade working as a scientist and engineer, she found that her true passion was helping others learn. She has experience teaching science, engineering, math, and computer science from middle school through graduate school, and working as an educational therapist who advocates for students with learning differences. She has been a test prep (SAT, ACT, PSAT, and ISEE/HSPT/SSAT) and academic (math and science) tutor with StudyPoint for over 12 years. Mary Jo works with students to seek their full potential and gain confidence in their abilities.


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Kristen Lefebvre

National Director of Education at StudyPoint

In Kristen’s two decades with StudyPoint, she has served in numerous roles and capacities. In her current role as StudyPoint’s National Director of Education, she oversees our program development, as well as the hiring and training of our team of academic and test prep tutors and admissions consultants. The program materials she has developed have been used by more than 50,000 students and 7,000 tutors across the United States and abroad.


Kristen previously worked in the fields of museum education and teacher education programming before joining StudyPoint. She earned her B.A. from Bates College and her M.A. from Tufts University.

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David Westergaard

StudyPoint Tutor for 17 years

David first began tutoring when he volunteered with WITS (Working In The Schools), tutoring second and third graders in Chicago schools. Finding that he loved working with students, he then began tutoring students privately, and has been a test prep and academic tutor with StudyPoint for a total of 17 years. During that time he has worked with students in standardized test prep (ACT, SAT, PSAT, and SSAT/ISEE) and various academic subjects (math, reading, writing, science, and study skills). His expertise, patience, and passion for helping students reach their full potential make him a favorite with students and parents alike. David employs a learner-centered approach that is tuned to the learning style of the student. He likes to ask questions and see what his students are thinking.

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