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Guide to Your PSAT Scores

By The Princeton Review Hong Kong


You just received your PSAT score report, and there are a zillion different scores on this thing! How did you do, and which scores are most important? Here's what you need to know about the most important parts of your score report.

The first thing to remember is the PSAT isn’t used for college admissions, but high scores can earn you scholarship dollars, including a National Merit Scholarship . Additionally, your PSAT scores are a good predictor for how you may score on the SAT, which will be very important for college admissions and scholarships.

The Scores that Pack a Punch

The 3 big scores you should look at:

  • Total Score

  • Evidence-Based Reading & Writing Score

  • Math Score

The PSAT is scored on the same rubric, but a slightly different scale, as the real SAT. While the SAT is scored in a range of 400–1600, the PSAT is scored in a range of 320–1520.

National Percentile

The percentile compares you to everyone else who took the PSAT on the test date. A 90th percentile score means you scored equal or higher than 90% of the students who took the PSAT during that particular administration.

Understanding PSAT Scoring

Here's a quick breakdown of what's important about your Big 3 Scores.

Using Your PSAT Score Report

The PSAT is all about practice. Use your PSAT score report to identify your strengths and weaknesses, so you know what to work on as you prep for the real thing. Are there algebra concepts you need to review? Did you miss picking up points because you ran out of time?

What Could You Score on the SAT?

The PSAT and SAT are scored on slightly different scales, but your TOTAL PSAT score is a direct indicator of your total SAT score. For example, a total PSAT score of 1000 means that, if you took the SAT on the same day, most likely you would have gotten a total SAT score of 1000. Learn more about what are good SAT scores.

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