When do PSAT/NMSQT Scores Come Out and What's Next?
January 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) scores will be available online on March 8, 2021.
How Do I View My PSAT/NMSQT Scores?
Once your PSAT/NMSQT scores are released, you’ll be able to access it through your College Board online account. If you don’t have a College Board account yet, it’s easy to create one.
To make a College Board account, you need to be at least 13 years old, complete a simple form, and choose your username and password. If there’s any chance you have already created a College Board account, don’t make a new one. Multiple accounts can make it difficult to get your PSAT/NMSQT score, and other important information. Please attempt to retrieve your credentials by using our Forgot Username or Forgot Password tools.
Once you have an account, you can go to student score reports and log in to see your PSAT/NMSQT score report and scores for any other tests you've taken in the SAT Suite of Assessments.
Your school will also receive paper score reports, which may be distributed in March. You should still log in to view your scores online so you can access additional free resources that come with your score report.
Watch this video for more help on accessing your PSAT/NMSQT score report:
Need Help Getting Your PSAT/NMSQT Scores?
Nearly all PSAT/NMSQT scores are posted around the same score release date but if you don’t see your score, you should see a message telling you to check back later.
If it’s been a couple of days since your score should have posted and you still can’t find it, don’t worry — your score hasn’t been lost. But if you didn't get the “check-back-later” message and your score isn't posted, call College Board at 866-433-7728 or email us at [email protected].
What Do Your PSAT/NMSQT Scores Mean?
The PSAT/NMSQT is scored between 320 and 1520 points. Your total score will be the result of adding your Math score, worth 160-720 points, and your Reading and Writing and Language scores, also worth 160-720 points.
Please watch this tutorial on how to understand your PSAT/NMSQT score report:
You might be thinking, “But isn’t a 1600 a perfect score for the SAT?” That’s right. The PSAT/NMSQT measures the same things that the SAT does, but in a way that makes sense for your grade level. As a result the score range for the PSAT/NMSQT is between 320 and 1520 points.
You should think of your PSAT/NMSQT score as more of a range and assume that your actual SAT score will be a few points above or below that score. For example, a PSAT/NMSQT score of 1200 is a strong indication that you’re likely to score about 1200 on the SAT. However, a perfect score on the PSAT/NMSQT is not a clear indicator of you landing a 1600 on the SAT.
To help you identify areas you need to focus on when studying for the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT score report will also give you subscores for Math, Reading, and Writing and Language. These scores will be between 8 and 38.
Additionally, your PSAT/NMSQT score report will give you an NMSC Selection Index score, which is used by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) as an initial screen of 1.6 million test takers (usually high school juniors) who meet requirements to enter the National Merit® Scholarship Program. The Selection Index score is double the sum of your Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Test scores.
What Are the Benefits of a PSAT/NMSQT Score?
Your PSAT/NMSQT score shows you how prepared you are for the SAT and helps you create a personalized SAT study plan through Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy.
Your PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index score could qualify you for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program. If your PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index score places you among the 50,000 high scorers who qualify for program recognition, you will be notified through your school next September.
For more information about the National Merit Scholarship Program, entry requirements, program recognition, and scholarships offered, go to www.nationalmerit.org.
The PSAT/NMSQT is also used by 19 other scholarship providers to identify potential scholarship recipients. If you said “yes” to the free Student Search Service® when you took the test, you can help those partners find you. These scholarship partners, like the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and Hispanic Scholarship Fund, offer over $300 million annually in scholarships. If you qualify, you’ll be invited to apply for scholarships in the fall of your senior year. See more scholarship partner information.
What’s Next After I Get My PSAT/NMSQT Scores?
Share them with Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy to get a free personalized SAT practice plan based on your PSAT/NMSQT results. The SAT tests you on the same skills as the PSAT/NMSQT (in a way that makes sense for your grade level), so you're already preparing for it by taking the PSAT/NMSQT. Building your skills on Official SAT Practice will make sure you’re ready for the SAT.
You can also check your potential for Advanced Placement® courses. Taking challenging courses like AP is a great way to prepare for college. In your score report, you’ll see a list of AP courses you may do well in based on your test scores. Talk to your school counselor about AP courses available at your school and if they may be a good fit for you.
If you’re already thinking ahead to what you want to do in the future, access Career Finder through your score report. Answer a few questions about your passions and interests, then start exploring videos and stories from professionals in careers that may be right for you. You will even find suggestions for what to do now to start exploring a career you've been thinking about.