HISD students raise SAT/PSAT scores by hundreds of points using free test prep from Khan Academy

Two Booker T. Washington students have become national ambassadors for successful SAT/PSAT prep by  increasing their scores a combined 670 points, thanks to free practice tools available to every HISD student through Khan Academy.

In mid-October, the CollegeBoard flew Valencia Grayson and Matthew Blue to the Council of the Great City Schools fall conference in Miami, where they were honored for their success with the Khan SAT prep. HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza also attended the conference, where HISD was recognized for actively promoting the Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy.

Grayson raised her SAT score 470 points over what she received on the PSAT/NMSQT. An accomplished athlete, she understands what it means to devote herself to a goal. She practiced on Khan Academy every day after school.

“I want to play sports at a Division 1 university, and Khan gave me the winning edge,” she said.

Blue increased his SAT score 200 points from his PSAT/NMSQT score.

“All I had before was a dictionary and books I could take from the library, so when my teachers introduced me to Khan Academy, I was so happy that it was free,” Matthew said.  “The website was simple and straight to the point, and it really helped me with problem-solving.”

The CollegeBoard recently launched a new initiative for grades 9-12 called “Khan Academy: ALL IN.” A new HISD College Readiness-Khan Academy flyer features the district’s Khan ambassadors, who raised their PSAT/SAT scores by hundreds of points just by using the Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy.

Sabrina Rosales from Chavez High School raised her SAT score 230 points, and Werner Monterrosa from Eastwood Academy raised his score 190 points.

“I want to study Cyber Security, and it’s a hard major to get into,” said Monterrosa. “Khan helped me show colleges my academic strengths.”

The CollegeBoard is flying Rosales to their Forum 2016 in Chicago on Oct. 26-28, where she will participate in a student panel on Khan Academy.

On June 2, 2015, the Official SAT Practice for the new SAT test went live on KhanAcademy.org, and just one year later there were more than 1.4 million users. The CollegeBoard and Khan Academy worked together to create courses that focus on getting students the knowledge and skills they need to be ready to succeed in college.

Free personalized practice is now available for all HISD students at KhanAcademy.org/SAT.

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