Aaron Lemon-Strauss: December 11, 2018



The College Board with You Tips on Helping Your Child Prepare for the SAT and College


Aaron Lemon-Strauss

Executive Director, College and Career Access,The College Board


Is your child ready for college? Every year, about 4 million 10th- and 11th-grade students take the PSAT/NMSQT®, which determines qualification for the National Merit® Scholarship Program and is good practice for the SAT.  Students taking the PSAT/NMSQT have access to more than $230 million annually through the College Board’s scholarship partners.

The PSAT/NMSQT also plays a key role in college readiness. In early December, when students get their PSAT/NMSQT score reports online, they can find out which skills to focus on to prepare for the SAT®.

Did You Know?

  • The PSAT/NMSQT score reports give students the chance to find out their strengths and areas for improvement.
  • The best way for students to prepare for the SAT is to link their College Board account to Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy® to get a free, personalized practice plan based on their scores.
  • PSAT/NMSQT scores are a great predictor of students’ likelihood to succeed in Advanced Placement®courses.
  • Once students embark on a SAT practice plan, juniors are also eligible to participate in the new College Board Opportunity Scholarships launching December 10th, where students can earn up to $2,000 for improving their SAT score.

Aaron Lemon-Strauss will share tips on understanding your child’s PSAT/NMSQT scores and how to build a personalized SAT practice plan.


About Aaron Lemon-Strauss

As executive director, college and career access, Aaron leads the College Board’s digital efforts to clear a path for students to college and career success. Overseeing College Board resources such as BigFuture and partnerships with Khan Academy and Roadtrip Nation®, Aaron is charged with helping students take the right next step in their journey to college and career. Aaron joined the College Board in 2014 to lead the development of Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy, helping to launch the world’s greatest SAT practice resources that just happen to be free. Previously, Aaron held leadership roles at Kaplan® Test Prep in digital product management, sales, and educator support.

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