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Understanding the PSAT 8/9 Score Range

Hey, quick question for anyone who might know. I recently took the PSAT 8/9 but I'm struggling to decode my score. I mean, what's the score range I should be targeting as a freshman? And how exactly do these scores translate into future SAT performance? Any info would be super helpful!

15 days ago

The PSAT 8/9 has a two-part score: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW), and Math, both ranging from a score of 120 to 720. This adds up to a composite (or total) score between 240 and 1440. Unlike the SAT, the PSAT 8/9 doesn't distinguish between critical reading and writing.

As a freshman, don't stress too much about the "perfect score." The PSAT 8/9 is designed mainly as a diagnostic tool to help you and your educators identify your strengths and areas for improvement.

Since the PSAT 8/9, PSAT/NMSQT, and SAT are all on the same score scale, your PSAT 8/9 scores can give a rough approximation of how you might perform on the SAT. But keep in mind that the PSAT/NMSQT and SAT are more challenging tests, so see this as an early indicator, not a definitive prediction.

For example, if you score an 1150 on the PSAT 8/9, it's analogous to an about 1180 on the SAT - but there's no exact conversion since the tests cover slightly different materials and proficiency levels.

Improvements can certainly be made with time and practice! It's also important to remember that standardized test scores are just one aspect of your college application, and many colleges are now adopting test-optional policies. My advice would be to focus on understanding your strengths and weaknesses based on your PSAT 8/9 scores and plan for targeted improvement.

15 days ago

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