Your PSAT score is a great indicator of how you will do on the SAT. Here is a guide to help you understand your PSAT score and what it means for your future:
The PSAT is scored out of 1520 points. The highest possible score is a 1520, and the lowest possible score is a 320.
Your score is broken down into three sections:
Reading and Writing: This section is worth 800 points.
Math: This section is worth 800 points.
Essay: This section is worth 40 points.
Your final score is a combination of your score on the Reading and Writing section, your score on the Math section, and your score on the Essay section.
The average PSAT score is a 1060. This means that if you scored a 1060, you scored better than 50% of all students who took the PSAT.
Here is a breakdown of what each score range means:
1480-1520: You scored in the 99th percentile. This is an amazing score!
1360-1480: You scored in the 90th percentile. This is a great score!
1200-1360: You scored in the 75th percentile. This is a good score.
1060-1200: You scored in the 50th percentile. This is an average score.
920-1060: You scored in the 25th percentile. This is a below average score.
780-920: You scored in the 10th percentile. This is a low score.
320-780: You scored in the 1st percentile. This is the lowest possible score.
If you scored in the 50th percentile or above, you should be on track to get a good score on the SAT. If you scored below the 50th percentile, you may want to consider taking a practice SAT to see how you do.
No matter what your score is, remember that it is just a number. It does not define you as a person. You can always retake the PSAT or the SAT to try to improve your score.