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Interpreting PSAT 8/9 score

Hey, guys! I recently took the PSAT 8/9 (a bit early, I know) to get a feel for the test. What's considered a good score? Any insights would be much appreciated.

12 days ago

It's an excellent strategy to take the PSAT 8/9 early to familiarize yourself with the testing environment and pattern. The PSAT 8/9 aims to measure what you've already learned in school and your readiness for high school work. It's less about achieving a 'high score' and more about identifying areas where you may need additional practice.

The PSAT 8/9 uses a slightly different scoring structure than the regular PSAT/NMSQT or SAT. The maximum score you can achieve on the PSAT 8/9 is 1440, divided between two sections: Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW). Each section is scored between 120 and 720.

Although there isn't an officially described 'good score' for PSAT 8/9, a score above the 50th percentile in each section generally indicates you're doing quite well. If you've scored in the top 25% for your grade level, that's an impressive accomplishment. However, remember the PSAT 8/9 is essentially a diagnostic tool to gauge where you stand in terms of foundational skills, so the most critical aspect is not the score itself, but what you do afterwards to improve your areas of weakness.

You can use your PSAT 8/9 scores as a baseline to guide your preparations for later PSAT/NMSQT, SAT, or ACT tests. Keep practicing consistently, using resources like the Bluebook™ app, which will give you a feel of the real digital PSAT/NMSQT, along with access to a full-length practice test. Happy prepping!

12 days ago

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