PSAT Scoring

PSAT Scoring Process

How does the PSAT scoring process work? Each section of the PSAT is scored on a scale of 20 to 80.  The average test scores for juniors are as follows: Critical Reading – 47; Mathematics – 48; and Writing – 46.  For sophomores, the average test scores were a little lower.

The score report allows each student to compare their scores with other students in their grade level (i.e. juniors will be compared with other juniors, and sophomores with other sophomores).

When you receive your test scores, you will also receive your test booklet.  If you want to estimate your SAT score based on your PSAT score, first add your Mathematics and Critical Reading scores together, then add a zero to the end.  SAT tests are scored from 200 to 800 points.

However, keep in mind that this will not give an accurate indication of your SAT score.  The real SAT test includes a writing section and in general, the questions a slightly more difficult.  Bottom line, you will still need to study for the SAT.

What happens with my PSAT scores?

Your PSAT scores will not be sent to colleges!  Your school counselor will likely review your scores with you.  These scores will help you determine which areas you really need to focus on in order to be prepared for the SAT test.

Your score on the PSAT can also qualify you for the National Merit Scholarship program.  Some school systems use PSAT test scores to assist in placing students in AP classes.

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Lauren Anderson is a certified school counselor who's passionate about helping students all over the world successfully transition from high school to college! After spending 6 years as a business professional, she obtained her Master’s degree in School Counseling and now spends her spare time helping students.

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