• Understanding PSAT Results

Understanding PSAT Results

PSATInformation on the Score Report - PSAT

All results for the PSAT are available electronically only and will be released in early December.

Students should access their PSAT scores online at: https://studentscores.collegeboard.org/.  If you have problems accessing your report, this instruction sheet may help or you can contact PSAT College Board at 866-433-7728.

In an effort to help students prepare for the SAT, CollegeBoard has partnered with Khan Academy to provide free personalized practice using your PSAT results at www.satpractice.org.  This is a great opportunity that students are encouraged to utilize.  This information sheet can help you in linking your results with Khan Academy.

As you are reviewing your scores, the CollegeBoard website has information to help you understand what your scores mean and how they predict your SAT scores.  There is also an information sheet that is available to help understand your scores.

For your reference, PSAT for 10th and 11th graders will range in scores from 320-1520.  These total scores are calculated by adding together the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score with the Math score.

On the student score sheets you will find areas that indicate scores as being "red, yellow, or green."  Each score gives you a quick way to assess your own skill level strengths and weaknesses so that you can prioritize the areas where you could gain the most ground in the future.  Green means that students are on track for college readiness, yellow means that students are close to being on track for college readiness, but can continue to strengthen skills, and red means that students should focus to strengthen skills in that area.

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) doubled. The Selection Index ranges from 48 to 228. 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 student is at the 55th percentile, that student would be the 56th person in line, ahead of 55 people in the line and behind 44.

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