Understand The Various Things The PSAT Results represent





How to Interpret PSAT Results

PSAT is one of the important standardized tests taken by many high school students each year. The test has many facets:

  • It is a qualifying test for achieving scholarships.
  • It is also a test to determine your readiness for college.
  • It begins your journey into identifying colleges and courses.
  • This is a test that estimates what your SAT scores will be.

This test is advantageous for many other reasons as well. For example, by preparing for this test, you prepare for the SAT too. Hence, when you prepare for the SAT, you only need to skim through the topics because you have already prepared them for the PSAT. It is a good idea to take the test early so that you can appear for a retest.

For more information about the test, see the College Board website: http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/psat/about.

What is Included in the PSAT Test Results

The results include a variety of helpful information. The information ranges from your actual scores to a comparison of how well you have fared compared to other students who took the test. The information is helpful because you can judge your performance and estimate your chances of being selected for the scholarship program. It includes information about your scores in the respective sections:

  • Critical Reading
  • Math Section
  • Writing Skills Section

The following table is an indicative list of the test scores.

Points

PSAT Scores

Critical Reading

Math

Writing Skills

48

80



47

80



46

77



39



80

38


80

78

37


76

73

36


73

72

In addition, your results also include other helpful information such as:

  • National Percentile
  • Score Range
  • Selection Index (critical reading + mathematics + writing skills scores)

The percentile in your score report is calculated from your total score received in each section of the test. Thus, the raw scores are calculated first, based on the number of correct responses and marks deducted for incorrect answers. The scores from the Critical Reading sections, Math sections and Writing Skills section are added to form the raw score. The raw score is mapped to the percentile on the PSAT scale. The following table lists sample percentiles.

Score

Percentiles

Critical Reading

Math

Writing Skills

80

99+

99

99+

70

97

96

98

60

86

81

89

For more information about the score conversion tables, see the Understanding PSAT NMSQT Scores booklet. You can download the booklet from the College Board website the link to which is as follows: www.collegeboard.org/psatdownloads.

How and Where to See the Results

The results are published in December each year and are sent to your school. Your school provides you with the score report along with the test booklet. In case you do not receive your result by mid-January, you can meet your school counselor to inquire about it. This program does not provide copies of the score report. However, your school will have a copy of the report.

PSAT Score Results as a Guiding Factor

Apart from applying for scholarship programs, your score helps you to identify your academic abilities and your overall preparedness for the SAT. PSAT scores will help you predict scores you will receive in the SAT, it you were to take the test now. If interpreted well, it can help you immensely to focus on areas you are weak. This propels you to study harder and thereby achieve better results in the SAT.