Information on the Score Report - PSAT
PSAT/NMSQT scores are reported on a scale of 20 to 80. In 2010, the average score for eleventh graders was about 47 in Critical Reading, 49 in Mathematics, and 45 in Writing Skills. The average score for tenth graders was about 43 in Critical Reading, 44 in Mathematics, and 40 in Writing Skills.
Also listed on the score report is the Selection Index, which is used to determine eligibility in National Merit Scholarship Corporation programs (NMSC). It is the sum of the three scores in each test section (CR + M + W). The Selection Index ranges from 60 to 240. The average Selection Index for students in eleventh grade is about 141. Note: Only students in eleventh grade are eligible to enter NMSC scholarship programs.
Finally, score reports include national percentiles, which allow students to compare their scores with other students in their grade level who have taken the PSAT/NMSQT. If students take the PSAT/NMSQT in the eleventh grade, they receive junior percentiles. If students take the PSAT/NMSQT in tenth grade or younger, they will receive sophomore percentiles. For example, a student in eleventh grade with a percentile of 55 has earned a score better than 55 percent of all eleventh graders. Another way to understand percentiles is to imagine 100 students lined up from the lowest (or 1st) percentile at the end of the line to the highest (or 99th) percentile at the front of the line. If the studentis at the 55th percentile, that student would be the 56th person in line, ahead of 55 people in the line and behind 44.
Go to Score Report Plus for more information about the students’ score report.
Taken from www.collegeboard.com
Additionally, this video gives insight into the PSAT. The one aspect not mentioned in the video is that there is a .25 point penalty for incorrect answers so it is to your advantage not to answer if it is truly a random guess.