What's a Good PSAT 10 Score?
Congratulations on taking the PSAT 10, an important step in planning for success in high school and beyond.
Your PSAT 10 score, which can range from 320 to 1520, is the total of your Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores. The PSAT 10 is the same as the PSAT/NMSQT but it’s administered in the spring instead of the fall. The test is great practice for the SAT since they measure the same skills in a way that makes sense depending on grade level. Because the PSAT 10, PSAT/NMSQT, and SAT share a common scale, the highest score you can get on the PSAT 10 is 1520 compared to 1600 for the SAT.
There is no “good” PSAT 10 score—the test should be used as a benchmark to see how you’re doing in high school. Plus, it can help you gauge your strengths and areas of improvement as you prepare for the PSAT/NMSQT and eventually the SAT. You can think of your score as a check-in or performance snapshot to help you stay on track in high school and as you plan for college.
Getting Your Scores
PSAT 10 scores are released on a rolling basis depending on when you take the test. If you’re 13 and older, you can create an account and view your scores in the College Board student score portal.
Your score report shows your score ranges, average scores, college readiness benchmarks, and percentile ranks. These results highlight where you’re doing well and areas you might want to work on. Check out this short video on how to navigate your score report.
You Have Your Scores—Now What?
Once you create an account and log in, use these resources to make the most of your PSAT 10 scores:
Official SAT Practice with Khan Academy: Share your PSAT 10 scores with Khan Academy® to get free, personalized SAT study prep based on what you did well on and where you could improve.
Explore Your AP Potential: Your PSAT 10 score report recommends AP courses that may be a good fit based on the areas you excel in. With this tool you can see which courses are offered in your school and which may be a good idea to take based on your interests or college majors/degrees that interest you. AP classes and exams are a great way to get ready for college and earn college credit while you’re still in high school.
BigFuture.org: Start planning for college and take advantage of our planning resources like the college search tool—which gives you access to over 3,800 colleges and universities—and a campus visit guide, advice on how to pay for college, and more.
Career Finder™: Search for careers based on your skills and interests with this free tool from the College Board and Roadtrip Nation®. It’s never too early to start looking into career options so you can plan for college majors and classes.
Get Going and Make the Most of Your Scores!
If you’re feeling discouraged about your score, don’t worry! Now is the perfect time to start practicing for the PSAT/NMSQT and SAT with Official SAT Practice. Research shows that students who spent at least 6 hours preparing for the SAT with Official SAT Practice and used a "best practice behavior" scored an average 39 points higher than students who didn't used Official SAT Practice. The best practice behaviors include: following your personalized recommendations, taking a full-length practice test, and leveling up your skills. You can learn more here.
Give yourself a big thumbs up for taking the PSAT 10 and kickstarting your college planning process! Good luck on your road to college—and remember to take advantage of all the great tools and resources your scores give you access to.