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What's a Good PSAT Score for 2016? Expert Analysis

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Feb 12, 2018 9:00:00 AM

PSAT Info and Strategies

If you took the PSAT in October of 2016, then you got your scores back in mid-December, just before winter break.

Your PSAT score report gives you a few different score types, including your total scores, section scores, and Selection Index. With all this data, how can you sort through the numbers to figure out what is a good PSAT score?

This guide will go over the full scoring system of the PSAT so you know exactly what makes a good score. Let’s start with a quick glossary explaining the various types of PSAT scores  on your score report.

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PSAT Practice Tests: Free Questions and Full-Length Tests

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Feb 7, 2018 8:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

Why buy a bunch of practice tests when you can find them online for free? To make your search as easy as possible, I've compiled all of the best PSAT practice tests and sample questions available on the World Wide Web.

Read on for ten downloadable official PSAT practice test PDFs, along with eight bonus SAT practice tests. Since College Board has only released two official practice tests for the current version of the PSAT, I'll also explain how you can modify older practice tests to prepare.

Let's get right to it with the first official PSAT practice test pdf for you to download. 

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When Do PSAT Scores Come Out? The PSAT Results Release Schedule

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Jan 17, 2018 4:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

The wait for PSAT results can be nerve-wracking. It's likely your first time taking an SAT-like test, and the PSAT can give you a sense of what range your final SAT score is likely to be. Plus, if you score high enough, there's a lot of potential scholarship money available. 

So when is the wait over? When are PSAT scores released? We explain when you'll get your PSAT results, walk you through the complete PSAT timeline, and offer suggestions on what to do once you have your scores.

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PSAT Score Range: Where Do You Rank?

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jan 11, 2018 12:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

Although the PSAT and SAT share many similarities, their score ranges are surprisingly distinct. Unlike the SAT score range, which reaches a maximum of 1600, the PSAT score range only goes up to 1520. But why is this the case? What are the score ranges for each PSAT section? Can you use the PSAT scoring scale to predict your SAT score?

In this article, we’ll introduce the current PSAT scores range and PSAT score distribution. We'll then compare PSAT score ranges with SAT score ranges before concluding our analysis with a list of approximate PSAT score cutoffs for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

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What's a Good PSAT Score for a Freshman?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jan 4, 2018 11:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

If you're gearing up for a high PSAT score in junior year, then you may choose to take the PSAT as a freshman for practice. Taking the PSAT in 9th grade will help you identify your current scoring level and figure out how you can improve for the future.

As a freshman, you can choose between two tests: the PSAT/NMSQT that 11th graders take or the PSAT 8/9, a version of the test specifically geared toward 8th and 9th graders.

These two tests have comparable, but slightly different, score ranges. This article will go over the scoring and percentiles of both so you know what would make a good PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 8/9 score as a freshman.

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PSAT vs SAT: 6 Key Differences You Must Know

Posted by Vero Lecocq | Jan 3, 2018 9:00:00 AM

PSAT Info and Strategies, SAT General Info

There's the PSAT, there's the SAT. There are even a few other assessments, as it turns out. There's a lot of jargon out there when it comes to the tests offered by the College Board, so it's important to know exactly what you're signing up for—and how each test is different.

The SAT suite of assessments is designed to work together. All tests are fundamentally similar, and you can use any one to prepare for any other. That being said, the PSAT vs SAT isn't a perfectly equal match-up. In reality, there are some differences—both major and minor—between them. We take a look at these below.

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New 2017 PSAT Percentiles and Selection Index

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jan 2, 2018 4:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

Your PSAT score report will show you a myriad of scores, including your total scores, section scores, subscores, percentiles, and Selection Index. This guide will focus on the last two pieces of data, your score percentiles and Selection Index.

Since it’s important to understand how the other scores in your report relate to your PSAT percentiles and Selection Index, we’ll start with a quick review of terms. If you’re one of many students or parents looking for directions out of the complex maze that is the PSAT score report, read on to have the path illuminated!

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What's a Good PSAT Score for a Sophomore?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Dec 31, 2017 4:30:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target, PSAT Info and Strategies


You wouldn't go for your driver's license test before ever getting behind the wheel, right? In reality, you'd practice your three-point turns and parallel parking first so you're ready and know what to expect when the real test comes.

Just as you suspected, this scenario's an analogy for the PSAT. Rather than sitting for it junior year without a practice run, you can improve your performance if you've already taken it in 10th grade. Taking the PSAT as a sophomore is a great, low-pressure way to familiarize yourself with the test, gauge your level, and figure out where you need to improve.

With this in mind, we'll look at what PSAT scores are good for sophomores and how to improve them even more for junior year. But first, let's consider how the PSAT is scored.

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PSAT Practice Tests — Updated for New 2015 PSAT

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Dec 13, 2017 12:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

If you're looking for PSAT practice materials, you've come to the right place. This guide contains all free PSAT materials, which you can download—including 10 PSAT practice test PDFs.

Unfortunately, since the PSAT's 2015 makeover, the College Board hasn't released a ton of practice tests. Luckily, though, you can still use old PSAT practice tests effectively to prepare. Before getting to the practice questions, we'll go over some of the changes made to the PSAT in 2015. If you care about your PSAT score, read carefully so you don't waste your time studying the wrong things!

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PSAT to SAT Scores: Does One Predict the Other? What's a Good PSAT Score?

Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Nov 28, 2017 8:00:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target, PSAT Info and Strategies

The PSAT is the first exposure many students have to college entrance exams. Because the two tests are so similar, the PSAT is very good at predicting how you'll do on the SAT. In this article, we explain the most accurate way to use your PSAT score to predict your future SAT score.

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PSAT Score Needed for National Merit Scholarship

Posted by Dora Seigel | Oct 9, 2017 12:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

Each year more than 1.5 million juniors take the PSAT in the hopes of qualifying for the National Merit Scholarship Program. But what score do they need to earn Semifinalist distinction? In this guide, we'll let you know what PSAT score you need to qualify for Semifinalist status in your state and potentially move on to win a National Merit scholarship.

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What's a Good PSAT Score for 2015?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Oct 5, 2017 1:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies


With all the scoring changes on the redesigned College Board exams, what counts as a "good score" on the PSAT these days? There are a few factors you can use to define what's good: score percentiles, National Merit criteria, and your own personal goals for the PSAT and the SAT. First, it's critical to understand how the PSAT is scored. 

This guide will review the scoring scale of the PSAT, along with National Merit Scholarship Corporation's Selection Index, so you know what counts as a good PSAT score. To start off, let’s go over a few key PSAT terms that will help you understand the rest of this guide.

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PSAT Test Dates 2018

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Sep 23, 2017 4:00:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

Will you or your child be taking the PSAT in 2018? Are you wondering what day the exam will be held? The PSAT is different from other standardized tests, such as the SAT and ACT, because you cannot choose which day you’d like to take the exam.

When will this test date be? What if you can’t make it? This guide will answer both those questions, as well as explain the importance of PSAT scores, when you can expect to receive your scores, and how you can prepare for the exam.

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PSAT Test Dates 2015

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Sep 21, 2017 10:00:00 AM

PSAT Info and Strategies


The PSAT test dates of 2015 have come and gone, but they are not forgotten - especially for students aiming to become National Merit Finalists. This guide will go over the exact PSAT test dates in 2015, as well as discuss how test-takers can make the most of their PSAT score reports today.

If you’re looking for future PSAT test dates, then check out this guide instead. If you’re in the right spot, then read on to learn about how the PSAT testing schedule works for participating students.

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Does Your PSAT Score Qualify for National Merit?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Sep 20, 2017 4:30:00 PM

PSAT Info and Strategies

Are you gearing up to rock the PSAT this fall and wondering what score you need to qualify for National Merit? This guide will give you 51 different answers to that question.

Don't worry, it's not a complicated response. It's just that the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) compares test takers on a state-by-state basis. To become a National Merit Semifinalist, you have to score in the top 1% of students in your state.

This guide will fill you in on all qualifying cutoff scores from coast to coast (plus Alaska and Hawaii) for the PSAT. But first, let's review exactly who qualifies for National Merit.

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