PSAT Scores are now available online

Stacey Mell
This year, the College Board released scores to students in December. If your student(s) provided an email address on the PSAT answer sheet, they received an email notifying them to check their College Board account, where they are able to view their scores. PSAT scores will be passed out to the 9th, 10th, and 11th graders the week of January 21st.
PSAT administrations represents the opportunity for students to practice the SAT. I have never known a student who was denied entry into college based on their PSAT scores; that just will not happen. However, the PSAT testing experience and scores can be a great indicator of the SAT scores to come. If your student is not satisfied with the score, then he/she needs to put in the effort and time to practice the questions before the next test. On the first page of the score sheet is an individual, unique access code in a blue rectangular box. Next to the box is a website address. Your student should access the website and enter the access code and will then have the opportunity to find out additional information about how to improve his/her score for the next PSAT, which will be given in mid-October. The College Board has partnered with Khan Academy to provide a free online practice site for all students. This is the perfect way for students to improve their score and, best of all, it is a free site.

After scores are distributed the week of January 21st, ask your student for his/her PSAT score report. Your student's score will be located at the top of the left page of the leaflet. Students are able to see how they performed against other students in the country and if they show college readiness in certain areas. The 10th and 11th graders will also receive their test booklets, and they are able to look at the questions and see what their answers were and what the correct answers are.  

A recent scoring change is that wrong answers will not count against the student. Students should answer every question, even if it is just a guess. The PSAT is tiered for each individual grade. The ninth grade individual section scores in math and reading/writing range from 120 - 720, with a total score ranging from 240- 1440. The tenth and eleventh grade section scores in math and reading/writing range from 160 to 760, with the total score ranging from 320 to 1520. The SAT score ranges will be 200-800 in math and reading/writing and a total of 400 - 1600 points. The tiered levels are allowing for educational differences that exist among 9th, 10th, and 11th grades. This is a positive scoring change and should give an accurate reflection of your student's current academic ability.