PSAT results are available in early December, approximately six weeks after a student takes the PSAT. PSAT Score Reports are sent to high schools, then the high schools distribute the Score Reports to students.
Beginning with the 2009 PSAT, students can also access their PSAT results online via My College QuickStart. In order to view scores online, students must have a College Board online account and the access code printed on their paper PSAT Score Report. At My College QuickStart, students can see detailed information about their PSAT results, including test questions and answer explanations. Additionally, they’ll have access to a customized SAT study plan, a personality test, information about college majors and careers, and a list of possible college matches (based on the student’s location and intended major).
Sections of the PSAT Score Report
- PSAT Scaled Scores show a student’s scaled Critical Reading, Math, and Writing scores, which range between 20 and 80 (80 is the highest possible score).
- PSAT Score Ranges show the range in which the student is likely to score if he takes the PSAT again.
- PSAT Percentiles show how the student performed as compared with the other students in his grade who took the PSAT. For example, if a junior scored in the 65th percentile on the Math section, then he scored higher than 65% of the juniors who took that PSAT.
- Selection Index shows the student’s total PSAT score, which is calculated by adding the student’s Critical Reading, Math, and Writing scaled scores together. The Selection Index score is one of the criteria used to determine whether a student qualifies for a National Merit Scholarship (NMS). To learn more about NMS qualifications, visit our National Merit Scholarship Qualifications page.
- Review Your Answers shows each question number, the correct answer, the student’s answer, and the difficulty level of the question (easy, medium, or hard).
- Improve Your Skills shows areas and suggestions for improvement, based on a student’s test performance.
A sample PSAT score report is available on the College Board website.
Though colleges will not have access to a student’s PSAT scores, they may request contact information for students who enrolled in the Student Search Service and scored within a certain range.
- Wondering how PSAT scores are calculated? Visit our PSAT Scores page to find out.
- Visit our National Merit Scholarship Qualifications page to find out if your child’s scores qualify him or her for a National Merit Scholarship.
- Want to learn more about the PSAT? Visit our PSAT Test page for information about the test format, question types, and scoring.
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