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Curious about PSAT score range—what percentiles are considered good?

Hey everyone, I'm trying to get a better understanding of PSAT scores and percentiles. What percentile range should I aim for to be considered competitive for top colleges?

7 months ago

Hey there! Good question. Understanding PSAT scores and percentiles can help you gauge where you stand in relation to other students and give you an idea of your competitiveness for top colleges.

The PSAT is scored on a range of 320-1520. In terms of percentiles, scoring at or above the 90th percentile is generally considered a strong score—this would put you in the top 10% of test-takers. For the PSAT, a score of about 1200 or higher would place you in this range. Keep in mind that while a high PSAT score is indicative of your potential performance on the SAT, it's not a direct factor in college admissions.

To be considered competitive at top colleges, you'll want to aim for a similarly high percentile on the actual SAT or ACT. Typically, for the most selective schools, you should aim for scores at or above the 75th percentile of admitted students (which can easily be found on each college's website). For example, a 1500+ SAT score or a 34+ ACT score would be competitive at many top-tier schools.

However, it's important to remember that test scores are only one piece of the puzzle when it comes to college admissions. Top colleges consider many factors like your essays, extracurricular involvement, course rigor, and more. A high test score certainly helps, but it doesn't guarantee admission. Concentrate on building a well-rounded application and maintaining good grades in challenging courses to increase your chances of getting into a top college.

Good luck with your preparation and college applications!

7 months ago

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