Selection Index PSAT

Selection Index for PSAT Explained!

PSAT, abbreviation for Preliminary SAT is attempted by students either to enter the scholarship competition organized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) as part of the National Merit Scholarship Program or for estimating their abilities prior to attempting the SAT. PSAT is a two-hour and ten-minute test consisting of three separately timed and separately scored sections. The sections present in the PSAT are the Critical reading section, the Writing Skills section and the Math section.

How Is PSAT Scored?

The above mentioned test sections of the PSAT are separately scored on a scale of 20-80 points. Hence, the PSAT on the whole is evaluated on a scale of 60-240 score points. 240 is the maximum composite score that a student can obtain in PSAT. PSAT scores are explained in other forms too such as the Selection Index, grade-specific percentiles. There is a special feature by which the scores you obtain are reported. It is the ‘Score Report Plus’. In addition to your selection index, the score report plus gives you a detailed and personalized feedback on your performance by evaluating ranges, percentiles, your skills, you answers and presents you with the steps that you must take to make the most out of your preparation for the PSAT. Furthermore there is another report referred to as Roster of Student Scores and Plans which gives you your scores, percentiles, Selection index, eligibility for National Merit Scholarship Corporation Programs, grade average, College Major and access codes for ‘My College Quick Start’.

What Is Selection Index?

Selection Index is the composite sum of all the scores you obtain in the individual sections. All the three sections of the PSAT are separately evaluated and scored. To make it clearer for you to understand the meaning of Selection Index, consider that ‘M’ is the score you obtain in the Math section, ‘CR’ is the score you obtain in the Critical Reading sections and ‘W’ is the score you obtain in the Writing Skills section. Now, your selection index will be ‘M+CR+W’. Hence, obviously, Selection Index PSAT ranges between 60 and 240. Based upon the Selection Index PSAT you obtain, the College Board determines your eligibility to forward you to the scholarship competition organized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

Case Study of Selection Index and Percentile Trends

The following given link leads you to a document posted on the official website of the PSAT by the College Board.

This report gives you an analysis of the Selection Index PSAT and the corresponding Percentile that the junior students have scored in the year 2004. Also, you can learn how the Selection Index PSAT is used by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). The Selection Index PSAT is used by the NMSC as an initial screen for the scholarship competition. It is estimated that almost 1.5 million test takers are allowed to enter the competition. As mentioned, based upon the Selection Index PSAT andthe student’s responsesto the entry items presented in both the Score Report Plus and the Roster of Student Scores and Plans reports will show whether the student meets participation requirements or not.

Other Reports

Selection Index PSAT is in fact adirectmeasure of the score you obtain. However, there are many other score reports through which you can learn many other crucial aspects of your scores and eventually plan well for your next attempt. Student Score Report, Summary of Answers and Skills report and Optional Reports are the reports you can request from the College Board. The Optional Reports can be obtained by paying US $50. You can visit the following links from where you can download the score analysis for the mentioned cities for both the College-Bound juniors and sophomores for the year 2010. You can observe the trend to understand the scoring more in detail.

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