Understanding Your PSAT/NMSQT Score


How is the PSAT/NMSQT scored?

First, a raw score is computed. Students receive one point for each correct answer. For incorrect answers to multiple choice questions, a quarter (1/4) of a point is deducted. Nothing is deducted for unanswered questions or for incorrect questions to student-produced response (grid-in) questions.

Next, the raw score is converted to a score on the PSAT/NMSQT scale of 20 to 80.

How does your PSAT score compare to an SAT score?

The PSAT/NMSQT reports scores on a scale of 20 to 80 for each section. Scores on the SAT are reported on a 200 to 800 scale for each section. Therefore, simply add a zero (0) to the end of your score on each section to compute a comparable SAT score. For example, if your PSAT scores are 48 critical reading, 52 math and 56 writing, your comparable SAT score would be 480 critical reading, 520 math and 560 writing.

What are the benefits of taking the PSAT/NMSQT?

The National Merit Scholarship is based on your PSAT score index. Those students who qualify as a National Merit Scholarship finalist will be notified in September 2007.

All students who took the PSAT/NMSQT in October 2006 will receive free access to MyRoad, the College Board’s Web-based college, majors, and career exploration tool. This is a valuable resource when searching for a college or major of study. You will receive log in information on your PSAT/NMSQT score report.

How can I improve my scores?

Review the section of your score report labeled “Improve your skills.” Look over the questions in your test booklet that you answered incorrectly. Go online to www.collegeboard.com/psatextra to get a full explanation of your incorrect answers. You will need your personal code located on your PSAT score report. Through PSAT extra, you can also access colleges, majors and careers using MyRoad.

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