PSAT scores are coming back from the October PSAT. Look at the percentile number (underlined in red in the photo) for each section to see how your student ranks nationally against all the other juniors taking the PSAT. Roughly speaking, 80th percentile translates to a 600 on the SAT. Another way to estimate SAT scores from PSAT results, is to add a zero onto the actual score. So, in this example, the 52 in Critical Reading PSAT would be about a 520 on the SAT. I find it most helpful to look at the scores for each section (rather than the rolled up “Student Selection Index” and that corresponding percentile). Most colleges report their incoming SAT scores by section (Math 550 and Critical Reading 570 instead of SAT: 1800.)
Is this a good score?
It depends 🙂 What is the range of scores that your targeted colleges are looking for? Figure out what they are looking for and set the bar for your own score. Figure out what percentile that is for each SAT section and compare that to the percentile from the PSAT test.
In the ballpark of your target score?
If you are in the ballpark, congratulations! Chances are that you’ll perform about the same on the SAT. However, the SAT is twice as long as the PSAT. So make sure to take a full SAT practice test (or more) before your SAT. Here are some strategies to help you maximize your score.
Lower than what you wanted?
If your scores are lower than what you wanted, this is the perfect time to start studying for the SAT. Buy the Official SAT Study Guide. Follow this SAT study plan.
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