What are your chances of acceptance?
Your chance of acceptance
Duke University
+ add school
Your chancing factors
Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


Low accuracy (4 of 18 factors)

Interpreting a 1000 PSAT score – how do I stand?

I'm feeling a bit anxious here. I just got my PSAT score back and it's a 1000. Can someone explain what this score means in terms of college readiness? And are there any particular strategies I should focus on to improve before my SAT?

7 months ago

It's completely normal to feel anxious after receiving your PSAT scores, but remember it's a diagnostic tool meant to help you identify areas for improvement before you take the SAT, not something that any colleges will actually see.

While the perception of your eventual SAT score will vary from school to school, as obviously some colleges have higher standards than others, to give you a general sense of where you stand the average PSAT score is a 920, so you're already well above that 50th percentile mark—congratulations!

If you're looking to strengthen your skills to be better prepared for the SAT itself and, more importantly, college-level courses, there are a few strategies you could utilize. First, focus on understanding the type of questions you missed. Was there a particular math concept you found challenging? Or maybe some recurring grammar rules in the English section that tripped you up?

If so, take the time to review the concepts you're fuzzy on in detail, independently of any particular SAT practice questions, to bolster your foundation. Once you feel like you have a stronger grasp of the basic material, practice makes perfect, so consider getting a prep book, taking timed practice tests, and perhaps enlisting the help of a tutor if you're able.

Above all, don't be disheartened by this initial score – you're already in a good spot, and with dedicated effort, most students can see significant improvements. Good luck with your studying!

7 months ago

About CollegeVine’s Expert FAQ

CollegeVine’s Q&A seeks to offer informed perspectives on commonly asked admissions questions. Every answer is refined and validated by our team of admissions experts to ensure it resonates with trusted knowledge in the field.