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The PSAT Scoring Scale

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An official PSAT/NMSQT score report contains seven parts.

The section score reflects students’ overall performance in the section. The Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section score combines the Reading Test Score with the Writing and Language Test Score. The total score combines the section scores of Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (160-760) with the Math section score (160-760).

In addition to the two main scoring metrics (section score and total score), students also receive further performance analysis in the form of cross-test scores and subscores. Cross-test scores measure analysis in history/social studies and analysis in science, with a score range of 8-38. Subscores range from 1-15 and measure students’ abilities in the following areas: command of evidence, words in context, expression of ideas, standard English conventions, algebra, problem solving and data analysis, and preparation for advanced math. For National Merit qualification and other scholarships, the score report includes what is called the NMSC Selection Index. This index is calculated by doubling the sum of a student’s Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Test scores. 50,000 high scorers, measured by Selection Index, are notified each September of their qualification for National Merit Scholarship Program recognition.

Like the SAT, the PSAT measures a raw score which is calculated by the number of questions answered correctly. There is no penalty for guessing. That raw score is then converted to a scaled score (160-760) using a process called equating, which takes into account slight variations in difficulty between different test administrations and dates. The two scaled section scores are combined to create a student’s total score and to measure a student’s percentile ranking. The percentile ranking shows how a test-taker compares to the scores of test-takers nationwide. It represents the percentage of test-takers whose scores fell at or below the student’s score. The chart below shows percentile rankings for total scores among 10th and 11th graders. Percentiles were calculated by the College Board using the scores of students who took the PSAT/NMSQT in 2017.

Converted
Total Score
10th Grade 11th Grade Converted
Total Score
10th Grade 11th Grade
1520 99+ 99+ 920 50 34
1510 99+ 99+ 910 48 32
1500 99+ 99+ 900 46 30
1490 99+ 99+ 890 44 29
1480 99+ 99 880 42 27
1470 99+ 99 870 40 25
1460 99+ 99 860 38 24
1450 99+ 99 850 36 22
1440 99+ 98 840 34 21
1430 99+ 98 830 32 19
1420 99 98 820 28 18
1410 99 97 810 27 16
1400 99 97 800 25 15
1390 99 96 790 23 13
1380 99 95 780 21 12
1370 98 96 770 19 11
1360 98 95 760 17 9
1350 98 95 750 15 8
1340 98 94 740 13 7
1330 98 94 730 11 6
1320 98 93 720 10 5
1310 97 92 710 8 5
1300 97 92 700 7 4
1290 97 91 690 6 3
1280 96 90 680 5 3
1270 96 89 670 4 2
1260 96 89 660 3 2
1250 95 88 650 3 2
1240 95 87 640 2 1
1230 94 86 630 2 1
1220 93 85 620 2 1
1210 93 84 610 1 1
1200 92 82 600 1 1
1190 91 81 590 1 1
1180 90 80 580 1 1-
1170 89 78 570 1 1-
1160 89 77 560 1 1-
1150 88 75 550 1 1-
1140 86 74 540 1- 1-
1130 85 72 530 1- 1-
1120 84 71 520 1- 1-
1110 83 69 510 1- 1-
1100 81 67 500 1- 1-
1090 80 65 490 1- 1-
1080 79 64 480 1- 1-
1070 77 62 470 1- 1-
1060 76 60 460 1- 1-
1050 74 58 450 1- 1-
1040 72 56 440 1- 1-
1030 71 54 430 1- 1-
1020 69 52 420 1- 1-
1010 67 51 410 1- 1-
1000 66 49 400 1- 1-
990 64 47 390 1- 1-
980 62 45 380 1- 1-
970 60 43 370 1- 1-
960 58 41 360 1- 1-
950 56 39 350 1- 1-
940 54 37 340 1- 1-
930 52 36 330 1- 1-
320 1- 1-

The last portion of the PSAT/NMSQT score report contains question-level feedback, which breaks down the test by individual questions and shows students which ones they missed. It also indicates which questions fall into which subscore and cross-test score category. This section also includes an access code where students can view answer explanations online.