Average PSAT Score for Sophomores

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PSAT Scores were collected on high school sophomores through 2014. Read up on the statistics to see how certain areas of demographics compared to one another on the exam.

All-Around Averages

When reviewing the statistics below, keep in mind that these scores reflect the old format of the PSAT, which was changed at the end of 2015. With that said, let's look over how the averages of high school sophomores shaped up:

2014 PSAT SectionMean Score for All Students
Critical Reading42.1
Writing Skills40.1

It's not surprising to see that of the nearly 1.9 million sophomores who took the exam nationwide, the highest percentage of students scored close to the middle range for each section.

2014 PSAT SectionPercentageScoring Range
Critical Reading19.2%40-44
Writing Skills20.6%35-39

Differences in Gender

With very small differences of roughly 2-3 points between male and female test-takers in 2014, it's tough to say that gender plays a significant role in PSAT scores. The total number of sophomores taking the test consisted of 51.1% female students and 48.9% male students.

2014 PSAT SectionMale Mean ScoreFemale Mean Score
Critical Reading41.442.8
Writing Skills38.941.3

Individual States

If you want to see specific scoring data for your state or greater regional area, visit the Program Research section of the College Board site. You'll find state-specific summary reports with all the information covered here and much more.

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