Different Methods By Which PSAT Scores Can Be Accessed

How to Access Your PSAT Scores


PSAT is a standardized exam, which tests a test-taker’s skills in three particular fields. These three fields are Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing Skills. Each of these sections is scored on a scale of 20-80. You can your scores in the official website of College Board. The scores are based on your responses to multiple-choice questions and student-produced answers. A good score is 201 or above. A 201 score makes you eligible for the National Merit Scholarships. As the PSAT or the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) chooses 50000 test-takers for national scholarships, scoring high is very important.

Where Can You Find Your PSAT Score?

The College Board website is the official website for this test. The College Board, in partnership with the National Merit Scholarship Council (NMSC), administers the test. Once you have taken the exam, you have to wait for another 35 days or 5 weeks to get your score. Once the scores are published, you can see them in your College Board online account. By going to the reporting section of the website, you can get more information as to how to find the scores.

In order to find scores you need to have your username and password of your College Board account. In addition, you have to have your access codes. Do not misplace the codes. However, in case you have lost them, contact the College Board help line at (212) 373-8810 or email them about extra information of viewing your results. Another crucial thing to note here is, you should have a PDF reader software installed in your computer. Some reports are only viewable and printable through a PDF reader, which you can download from the Adobe website. Following are the four types of online reports of the test, which the College Board publishes in their website:

  1. PSAT/NMSQT State Summary Reports (College-Bound Sophomores and Juniors Reports): These reports are some of the generalized scores, reflecting the characteristics and scores of the sophomores and junior test-takers in a particular state.

  2. PSAT/NMSQT Skills Mapped onto State Standards: These reports make a comparative study of the scores of sophomores and junior test-takers in each state of the United States. This assesses skills of test-takers in each state of US. Click here to view reports.

  3. AP Potential&™: the Advanced Placement or the AP is a privilege enjoyed by the top-ranking test scorers. The AP Potential&™ report lets the educators or school administrators look for potential credit and AP individuals from among the test-takers. Click here to view how AP Potential&™ works.

  4. Summary of Answers and Skills (SOAS): After you find your scores, you might as well check the Summary of Answers and Skills (SOAS) to have an insight into each of the question types in the test. These reports reflect how the test-taker performed while answering each of the question types. You can avail these reports during the last week of January. In order to view them, you need to log in your College Board account.

The above discussion is about the process to know your scores. Each type of scores reveals an aspect of the test-taker. Remember, printouts of these scores will not serve as legitimate resource for any official works. Your score report will be sent directly to the address of your high school or the high school where you took the test. You will have to fetch your paper report from your high schools, in order to use your report while applying for scholarships or for other official works.