CDI had a couple bits of great news this week. First, Office & Outreach Coordinator Juliana Avery calculated the test scores for our class of 2012 Scholars. CDI Scholars can go in two test-taking directions. Either they go through the ACT track or they go through the SAT track.
About the ACT track students, she writes: “The average improvement from their junior year PSAT to their Highest Composite Score was 5 points (rounded from 4.9375). The average improvement from their incoming diagnostic ACT to their Highest Composite Score was 4 points (rounded from 3.625).” On the ACT, students can receive a total score of 36. There are 4 sections that make up the test (math, writing, reading, science), all weighted equally.
Let’s compare the average composite score improvement of 5 to the SAT (1 ACT point is roughly equivalent to 60 SAT points). Comparatively, then, a 5-point increase on the ACT is roughly equivalent to a 300-point increase on the SAT. 300 points! Not too shabby, I would say. Higher test scores result, of course, in the greater likelihood of being accepted into more selective colleges and getting better financial aid packages.
About the SAT track students this year, Juliana writes: “The CDI SAT students improved an average of 230 points from their junior year PSAT to their highest combined score. They improved an average of 240 points from their incoming diagnostic SAT to their highest combined score.”
(A note on how CDI calculates the scores: The ACT calculations use their Highest Composite Score, which is just the highest score they got on an actual ACT. The SAT calculations use their Highest Combined Score, which is the score they would have gotten if you tally up their high scores on individual sections of actual SATs. This is in line with colleges practicing of “super scoring” the SAT.)
Way to go, class of 2012!
As further evidence of CDI’s impact in the Montgomery County community, the Montgomery Gazette featured CDI in an article this week. (Read the full article here or pick up a print copy.) Reporter Peggy McEwan and photographer Chris Rossi visited our office last week and met with a bunch of Scholars and counselors. Notable quotables:
“We want to make sure they stay on track. They have to check in every two weeks through a formal email — we are looking for complete sentences, no misspellings. We consider it training for business communication, and our counselors send them email to let them know what is going on here.” Theresa Atta, vice president of Collegiate Directions.
“They taught me test taking tips, they help you figure out what sort of school you would fit into and they make sure you know the deadlines [for the different stages of the application process].” Azita Halary, Class of 2012 Scholar.
“I don’t ever want to have to think about having to do this by myself. I’m just really thankful I’m in this program.” Ahreum Han, Class of 2012 Scholar.