By Jessica Brondo of The Edge
The holidays are now upon us and I’m sure you have a lot on your plate between holiday parties, New Year’s plans, shopping, cookie-making, and the list goes on, but you might have received something in the mail this week that is probably a little more daunting than a Christmas card: PSAT scores from the College Board!
It must seem like ages ago since you took the PSAT back in October, and you might not have been thinking about the test at all since then, so it’s only natural that it’s a little overwhelming to figure out exactly what the scores mean.
Significance of the Score
The PSAT, while formatted similar to the SAT, is merely a practice for the actual SAT and your PSAT scores will never be released to colleges, so if you totally bombed the test, don’t worry; no one will ever know! However, the scores are your PSAT are a great indication of your natural ability on the test. They will show you the areas in which you have an innate talent and where your biggest weaknesses are. If you happen to have done exceptionally well on the test, you could qualify for a National Merit Scholarship. Each year the qualifying scores change based on the national performance on the exam, but scores are usually well over 200 combined. Your high school will inform you whether you qualify for this.
Interpreting Your Score
The PSAT is divided into three sections (like the SAT): Reading, Math, and Writing. Each of these sections is scored out of a possible 80 for a combined total of a 240 on the PSAT. You can generally convert your PSAT score to an SAT score by adding a “0” to the end of your PSAT score. For example, if you got a 61 on the Math section of the PSAT, that would probably be equivalent to a 610 on the SAT. The national average for each section on the PSAT is around a 50, so you can use that as a rough guide to gauge how well you did compared to other students who took the test.
What to Do Now
Now that you have your scores, it’s important to determine whether you’ll need to do any additional preparation for the SAT. If you’re completely satisfied with your scores, then you’ll most likely get similar scores when you take the SAT, so you really don’t have much to do in the way of prepping. Maybe just take a couple of timed practice tests; however, if your scores aren’t where you want them to be for the SAT, then it’s a great time to start preparing for the upcoming exams in March, May, and June.
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