PSAT Conversion Chart





How Do Colleges Convert PSAT Scores to Other Scores?

The different test sections of PSAT i.e. Preliminary SAT are reported on a scale of 20 to 80. This score range of the PSAT corresponds to the score range of SAT i.e. scores for different test sections of the SAT are reported on a scale of 200-800. The PSAT conversion chart that supports the above description is as follows:

The following table explains how PSAT score obtained by the PSAT aspirants in the month of October 2004 during their junior year of high school has changed for SAT score that the same students have obtained in the spring of their junior year.

Critical Reading Section

Score Range for PSAT, 2004

Average Score for SAT, 2005

68-72

709

63-67

668

58-62

620

53-57

569

48-52

521

43-47

476

38-42

433

Mathematics Section

Score Range for PSAT, 2004

Average Score for SAT, 2005

68-72

696

63-67

658

58-62

612

53-57

567

48-52

521

43-47

476

38-42

427

If you wish to get more information about PSAT conversion chart, you can refer to the link http://www.collegeboard.com/prod_downloads/counselors/psat/understandingScores.pdf

Note: Colleges do not consider PSAT scores for offering admissions to their graduate programs. However, they do consider SAT scores for providing admissions. Nevertheless, your PSAT scores are important as they are used by the Student Search Service (SSS). You have to register with the SSS and need to send your profile information such as name, address, gender, birth date, high school code etc.

Now, the question arises that how the SSS uses your PSAT scores. It does not send your PSAT score to the colleges of your choice. However, it projects your SAT scores based on the PSAT score and creates a range of scores; and categorizes students according to their scores. Based on these categories, SSS matches your scores with the criteria of admissions to graduate programs set by the colleges of your choice. To get more information you can log on to the webpage http://www.collegeboard.com/parents/csearch/find-right-college/

How PSAT is Scored?

The answer to this question can be obtained with the help of the PSAT conversion chart that is mentioned below:

PSAT Conversion Chart for the Year 2005

October 12, 2005

October 15, 2005

Points obtained

Scores

Points obtained

Scores

Critical Reading

Math

Writing skills

Critical Reading

Math

Writing skills

48

80

48

80

46

75

45

74

39

64

80

39

66

80

38

63

80

78

38

65

80

80

35

60

72

73

29

56

63

63

-3

20

20

30

-2

22

20

30

If you want to get more information about this PSAT conversion chart, you can visit the webpage http://www.collegeboard.com/prod_downloads/counselors/psat/understandingScores.pdf

Note:

  • For every correct answer, you get a point and for every incorrect answer, 1/4th point is deducted.
  • The points obtained are the sum total of every point that is scored for correct answers minus the sum of every ΒΌ point that is deducted for incorrect answers.
  • The points are then converted to the scores that vary within the score range of 20 to 80. This conversion is done based on differences in editions or forms of the PSAT. It is done with the help of a statistical process called equating. Thus, it is possible to compare the PSAT scores obtained by you for different years and select the best score. For instance, you can compare score obtained on October 12, 2010 with that obtained on October 15, 2011.

The above discussion gives you information about how the PSAT scores are calculated. They are reported on a scale of 20 to 80. However, this presentation of your score does not reveal the points that you have obtained for right answers. Therefore, if you want to know how your total points are converted to the presentable scores, you have to refer to the PSAT conversion chart mentioned in this article.




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