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When Do PSAT Scores Come Out?

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
The PSAT is a standardized test that both prepares high school students for the SAT and provides college scholarship programs with information about potential candidates. Learn about when students receive score reports, how to evaluate that information and strategies to help test-takers improve their scores.

Timeline for PSAT Score Reporting

Students who take the PSAT 10 or the PSAT/NMSQT are able to access test scores online, via an access code, roughly two months after the test. High schools receive PSAT paper score reports and provide them to students a few weeks after scores are available online. For example, PSAT/NMSQT tests are typically administered in mid- to late October. Scores from those tests are available online in December, and paper score reports arrive at schools in January.

About PSAT Scores and Reports

Each PSAT score report includes the student's scores for the math and reading/writing sections, and the PSAT total score, which is the sum of the two section scores. Reports also provide students with an analysis of their college readiness in specific subject areas and suggestions for improving skills and scores on future PSAT and SAT exams.

PSAT Scoring Overview

Scoring Section Scoring Range
Math 160-760
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 160-760
Total Score 320-1520

Next Steps: How to Improve Scores

Students who take the PSAT 10 or PSAT/NMSQT as sophomores may retake the test as the PSAT/NMSQT during their junior year. Juniors who have taken the PSAT/NMSQT, meanwhile, need to prepare to take their SAT exam. In either case, several resources are available help test-takers improve scores on their next exams:

  • Using the analysis and suggestions provided in your PSAT score report, determine areas of weakness.
  • Identify study and prep courses that will help you improve your skills in identified subject areas before you either retake the PSAT or take the SAT. Study.com's PSAT Prep: Tutoring Solution and SAT Prep: Practice and Study Guide are online courses that focus on PSAT and SAT subject matter with short video tutorials, self-assessment quizzes and practice tests.
  • Measure your skills by utilizing free official PSAT or SAT practice tests offered online by the College Board, which administers both exams.

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