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What's a good PSAT score range to aim for?

I'm a little stressed about taking the PSAT soon. I'd like to set some goals for myself, but I'm not sure what a good PSAT score range is. What scores should I aim for to help set myself up for success in the college admissions process?

6 months ago

It's understandable to feel stressed about the PSAT and want to set some goals for yourself. A good PSAT score range to aim for, in general, depends on your personal goals for college admissions. The PSAT is scored on a scale from 320 to 1520, unlike the SAT, which is scored on a scale of 400 to 1600. Here's a brief idea of the categories based on PSAT scores:

1. Top scores (National Merit contenders): 1390-1520

2. Above average scores (Great for college prep): 1150-1380

3. Average scores: 920-1140

4. Below average scores: 320-910

To give yourself the best shot at competitive colleges or possibly qualify for the National Merit Scholarship program, aim for scores in the top range (1390-1520). It's important to mention, PSAT scores are not directly involved in college admissions, but they do serve as a useful benchmark and can help you prepare for the SAT.

Moreover, keep in mind that colleges focus more on your SAT or ACT scores, GPA, course rigor, and extracurricular activities during the admissions process.

When preparing for the PSAT, focus on building a solid foundation of content knowledge and test-taking strategies. Utilize study materials, take practice tests, and consider academic support resources (like tutors, prep courses, or websites such as Khan Academy and CollegeVine) if necessary.

Best of luck as you set your goals and work towards achieving them!

6 months ago

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