The Princeton Review Guide to Your New PSAT Scores
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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 Big 3 Scores
When you take the SAT, schools will be looking at your:
- Total Score
- Reading & Writing Score
- Math Score
The PSAT is scored on the same rubric, but a slightly different scale, as the real SAT. While the new SAT is scored on a scale of 400–1600, the PSAT is scored on a scale of 320–1520.
The percentile compares the score of everyone who took the PSAT during a particular test date. For example, students who score in the 90 thpercentile scored higher than 90% of the students who took the PSAT on that particular administration.
Understanding New PSAT Scoring
Here's a quick breakdown of what's important about your Big 3 Scores.
|Score||What is it?||Why it's important|
|READING & WRITING SCORE||
For a breakdown of the (many) other scores on your score report, check out Scores You Can Scan.
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? Though the PSAT is on a slightly different scale than the New SAT, you can also use your PSAT Total Score to help predict how you could score on the New SAT.
What could you score on the New SAT?
The PSAT and SAT are scored on slightly different scales. Enter your PSAT score and we'll translate it into the equivalent new SAT score.
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