Your PSAT/NMSQT Score

On the PSAT, you'll receive a scaled score from 20–80 points on each section of the test. Average scores across the country range in the low-to-mid 40s for sophomores and the high 40s for juniors.

Section Average Sophomore Scores Average Junior Scores
Math 44.0 48.8
Critical Reading 41.6 46.7
Writing 41.0 45.8

*From the College Board's PSAT/NMSQT 2008 State Summary Reports.

What Does Your PSAT/NMSQT Score Mean?

Already have your PSAT Score Report? Do your scores mean anything? You bet they do! Your performance on the PSAT is the first indication of where you stand in the college admissions process.

Will a Bad PSAT Score Hurt Your College Applications?

The PSAT is not a criterion for college admissions, so taking it can only help you. It's an opportunity to learn more about your academic strengths and weaknesses as well as an indicator on how you'll perform on the all-important SAT or ACT.

Estimated Ranges of 11th-Grade SAT Scores from 11th-Grade PSAT/NMSQT Scores

PSAT/NMSQT Score SAT Critical Reading Range SAT Math Range SAT Writing Range
20–24 250–370 240–370 310–380
25–29 260–400 260–400 320–410
30–34 280–430 290–430 330–450
35–39 320–470 330–470 350–490
40–44 360–510 370–510 390–540
45–49 410–550 420–560 430–590
50–54 460–600 460–600 470–630
55–59 510–650 510–650 510–680
60–64 550–690 560–690 550–720
65–69 600–740 600–740 590–750
70–74 650–780 640–770 630–780
75–80 690–800 680–790 670–800

Source: The Offical Educator Guide to the PSAT/MSQT 2009

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