What is a Good PSAT Score?

Instructor: Adam Nystrom

Adam owns a Master's degree in Professional and Digital Media Writing. During his time as a graduate assistant, he developed lesson plans for upper-level English courses.

With the new format of the PSAT, you'll want to get an idea of what's considered a good score. This article will delve into the scores you'll want to meet or surpass on the PSAT.

Scoring Well On the Test

On the redesigned PSAT, the ranges for both Reading and Writing and Math scores go from 160 to 760. By looking at a sample score report from the College Board website, we can determine a little more about scores that are considered to be good. A score of roughly 400 and up for Reading and Writing indicates that you're well on your way to being ready for college. For Math, the minimum score that is indicative of college preparedness is about 480. Color bars that appear on the report represent the following:

  • Green: You're set! Any score in the green range means that you demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed in order to be ready for college.
  • Yellow: This is considered borderline, and while it isn't a failure, scores in this range put you in possible need of taking non-credit college courses to catch up when you begin at a university.
  • Red: Below expectations. If your score falls in this range, you will want to make some big improvements before the SAT, or your second PSAT attempt.

Subscores and Benchmarks

You'll see seven different subscores on your score report. Each subscore can range between 1 and 15. Subscores of around 8 are near the green zone.

Additionally, each section includes a College Readiness Benchmark score. This indicates whether you're at or above where you should be in terms of being ready for college. Scores above the benchmark can definitely be considered good.


Explore Study.com's PSAT Prep course to review lessons on the different subjects covered on the PSAT. You'll find short, fun videos that run for only about eight minutes each. After each lesson, you can take a practice quiz to assess your grasp of the material. The resources in this course can be accessed from computers as well as mobile devices.

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