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Is a 1200 a decent score on the PSAT for a junior?

Hey folks, just got my PSAT scores back and I'm sitting on a 1200. Is this considered a good score, especially if I'm aiming for some of the more competitive colleges, or do I need to step up my game for the SAT?

8 months ago

While a 1200 is a solid start, it's important to recognize that competitive colleges often have higher score expectations. For instance, students aiming for top-tier institutions typically score in the 90th percentile and above on the SAT, which would correspond to a PSAT score of roughly 1350 or higher. A 1200 places you around the 80th percentile, giving you a good benchmark. However, you're correct in thinking that improvement is needed for those more selective schools. To increase your SAT score, consider a study plan that targets your weaker areas. A study plan might include focused practice on specific sections, taking full-length practice tests, or even enrolling in a prep course if you find it helpful. The effort you put in now will not only aid in boosting your SAT score but also in preparing you for the academic rigor of competitive colleges.

8 months ago

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