Your Guide to PSAT Scores

What's a "Good" PSAT Score?

The PSAT is scored on a 320 to 1520 range. Therefore, understanding your percentile ranking is a crucial part of understanding how you did: the higher the percentile ranking, the better you’ve done. This will be true of the SAT as well. To be accepted into the most competitive colleges, you’ll need to score near the top.

Interpreting the Breakdown

The PSAT breakdown is a robust, multi-page analysis that details how you performed on the test as a whole and in individual content areas. If you study it carefully, you’ll have a sense of what you need to do to improve in the coming months before you take the SAT.

On the left and right sides of the first page of your breakdown, you’ll see your Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores. In the center, you’ll find your total score.

PSAT Score Breakdown showing math and evidence-based reading and writing scores.

After that, you’ll get the finer details of your performance within certain ranges. You’ll see your individual Reading, Writing, and Math scores. Below that, you’ll notice your cross-test scores, which focus on your analysis of subjects tested throughout the exam, rather than tested in just one test section. You’ll also receive your subscores on this page, which will let you know exactly how you performed on each content area of the PSAT.

PSAT Subscore Breakdown showing reading, writing, language and math subscores.

On the next pages, the breakdown goes even deeper. You’ll see if your score matches up with the ranges required for National Merit Scholarship consideration, get advice on next steps, and receive detailed question-level feedback. Study this information carefully. It will help contextualize your performance.