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How to Find PSAT Scores

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
PSAT scores are accessible online and through your school. This article will outline when you can expect your scores to become available and how you can go about getting them. You'll also learn what's included on your score report.

How Can I Get My PSAT Scores?

If you'd like to access your PSAT scores as soon as they become available, you must create an account on the College Board website. A paper version of your report with details for you and your teachers to look over will also be delivered to your school a few weeks later.

When Are My Scores Available?

The date your scores are available depends on the version of the test and your test date:

  • The PSAT/NMSQT test is administered in the middle of the fall semester and scores are typically available online at the beginning of January.
  • If you take the PSAT 10 or the PSAT 8/9, scores will be available on your College Board account about two months after you take the test.

What's On The Report?

A line-by-line readout of all your answers can be found on the score report, along with the subscore a test question belongs to and its level of difficulty. Reports also advise on the areas in which you should concentrate and improve your skills. Since PSAT exams are scored on the same scale as the SAT, you'll also get to see how well you would have performed on this college admissions exam.

To help test-takers further gauge the areas in which they need improvement, PSAT score reports also include a college readiness benchmark for each of the three main sections of the PSAT. A score equal to or higher than the established benchmark indicates that you have the skills and knowledge you'll need for college.

If you take the PSAT/NMSQT, your score report will also indicate whether you are eligible for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

How to Improve Your Scores

If you're not satisfied with your overall test performance, you might consider Study.com's PSAT Prep course to boost your score and help you qualify for a National Merit Scholarship. This course includes short chapters to help you focus on a particular exam topic as well as self-checking quizzes and practice tests you can use to track your progress.

If your scores fall below the benchmark in one section of the test, Study.com's many English and math courses are designed to help you improve your grades in those subjects and may help your performance on future PSAT tests. Check out a few of the courses available:

Subject Study.com Courses
English 9th Grade English, 10th Grade English, 11th Grade English, 12th Grade English
Math Math 102: College Mathematics, High School Algebra I, High School Algebra II, High School Geometry

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