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Optimal PSAT Reading Score - How high should I aim?

Yo guys, kinda stressed about the reading section of the PSAT. I'm working towards a score that'll make me competitive for scholarships. What's a target score I should be aiming for in the reading section to be in a good spot? Does the perfect score really matter, or is there a range that's acceptable?

8 months ago

Hey there! Totally understand your concern about the reading section of the PSAT as you aim for scholarships. For starters, it's great that you're focusing on reaching your best score possible. The National Merit Scholarship program, which is likely what you're aiming at, typically considers students scoring in the top 1% of test-takers.

This percentile can vary by state, but a reading score above 34 (out of 38) typically puts you in a competitive position. Remember, the perfect score isn't a must, but scoring in the higher range increases your chances.

Your goal should be to reach the highest score you feel you can achieve, given your personal strengths and commitment to preparation. It's also important to balance your prep with other academic and extracurricular pursuits. Wishing you the best of luck, and remember — consistent practice can go a long way!

8 months ago

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