Understanding your PSAT Scores
With more scores, the new PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 8/9 provide a clear, early picture of you and your readiness for college. They help you and your teachers pinpoint areas for improvement. Learn about the tests' place in the vertical score scale that spans all tests in the SAT Suite of Assessments.

PSAT/NMSQT Score Ranges

PSAT/NMSQT Score Reported

Details

Score Range

Total score

Sum of the two section scores.

320–1520

Section scores (2)

Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Math.

160–760

Test scores (3)

Reading, Writing and Language, and Math.

8–38

Cross-test scores (2)

Analysis in History/Social Studies and Analysis in Science. Based on selected questions in the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Tests.

8–38

Subscores (7)

Reading and Writing and Language: Command of Evidence and Words in Context. Writing and Language: Expression of Ideas and Standard English Conventions.
Math: Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving and Data Analysis, and Passport to Advanced Math.

1–15


 

PSAT 8/9

PSAT 8/9

Details

Score Range

Total score

Sum of the two section scores.

240–1440

Section scores (2)

Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Math.

120–720

Test scores (3)

Reading, Writing and Language, and Math.

6–36

Cross-test scores (2)

Analysis in History/Social Studies and Analysis in Science. Based on selected questions in the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Tests.

6–36

Subscores (6)

Reading and Writing and Language: Command of Evidence and Words in Context. Writing and Language: Expression of Ideas and Standard English Conventions.
Math: Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving and Data Analysis.

1–15






About Those Numbers

When you view your online score reports, you’ll get summaries of your performance on each test and content area. You can also filter results and drill down to see how you performed on easy, medium, and hard questions or on questions that measure different skills. Percentiles will show how you did compared to your peers.


Next Steps

Online score reports do more than show you which skills you should work on. They also connect you to: