PSAT Score Report Information

December 12, 2016 11:11 am

Juniors and Sophomores:

PSAT scores will be released throughout the day on Monday (12/12) through each student’s College Board account. College Board has sent an email with instructions to parents/students on how to access these score reports as well as how to create a College Board account (do not create more than one account). I have also shared the score access information, how to interpret the scores, free SAT/PSAT practice resources and scoring benchmarks/averages below.


Please use the following information to help you read through your PSAT results.

How do you access your online PSAT/NMSQT scores and reports?

1)     Log in to an existing College Board account or create a new one (Click Sign Up) at

2)     Once logged in, select PSAT/NMSQT Scores     *Or*      Use “Missing Scores” to locate scores.

Your score report will include a total score, section scores, test scores, cross-test scores, and subscores – all of which will give you better insight into your performance. Your score report will also include the NMSC Selection Index, which is calculated by doubling the sum of your Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Test scores (which are different from the section scores). NMSC uses the Selection Index as an initial screen of the large number of entrants to its National Merit(r) Scholarship Program (for juniors only).

There are two sections on the test – Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math. These mirror the SAT and are on scales ranging from a 160 to 760 (instead of the SAT’s 200 to 800). The score report will also show the correct answers, the answers you gave, and the difficulty level of each question.  These scores are based on percentiles, not total correct answers, so it’s important to understand your scores:


Interpreting PSAT Scores


Once the initial information provided on the score report has been digested, it’s time to consider the real value of the PSAT, which is to help students prepare for college entrance exams-the SAT and the ACT. Thanks to a partnership with Khan Academy, students will be able to link their PSAT scores to practice materials which will support skill-building across tests. Although targeted to the SAT, the similarity between the redesigned SAT and the ACT should help students prepare more efficiently for both tests.

As a partner with the College Board, Khan Academy will offer “official” SAT practice at no cost. Students will have access to thousands of SAT test questions and four full-length SATs. SAT practice can be accessed on a computer or by using the Daily SAT Practice app or Khan Academy app on any mobile device. In addition, Khan Academy will create personalized learning plans for each student based on test performance. By linking the College Board and Khan Academy accounts, all SAT “suite” results can be sent to customize practice using actual results.


College Board+Khan Academy Video:


To begin the linking process, students must:

1)     Log in or create a Khan Academy account:

2)     When prompted, agree to link the Khan Academy and College Board accounts. Students will then be directed to

3)     Sign in or create a College Board account

4)     When prompted, hit “Send” to authorize account linking

5)     Students may then start working on Official SAT practice on Khan Academy


PSAT Scoring Benchmarks and National Averages:

Grade 11: Evidenced Based Research and Writing: 460 and Math: 510

Grade 10: Evidenced Based Research and Writing: 430 and Math 480

Average Scores: ERW- 515, M-506

Some juniors will want to know how it compares to a college (there are 3,000+, so here is just a sample). UMass Lowell’s average SAT scores in 2016 is 1273.