Panel of Experts

Karl Schellscheidt

SAT Prep Expert

  • BSE, Princeton University '90
  • M.A., Secondary Education Seton Hall University '93
  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School '00

Fred Hargadon

Dean of Admission

  • Swarthmore College
  • Stanford University
  • Princeton University

Don Betterton

Financial Aid Expert

  • Director of Financial Aid, Princeton University (1973-2006)
  • Certified College Planner
  • Principal, Betterton College Planning

Seamus Malin

Admission Expert

  • Harvard University
    Dir. of Financial Aid
    Asst. Dean of Admission
    International Office Director

Life After the PSAT

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Last week was PSAT week for high school juniors and seniors across the nation. Students - did you stress over this test or did you take this event in stride? Did you feel prepared or did you feel blindsided? Take our poll and let us know!

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  • Next Step - Preparing for the SAT

    Taking the PSAT test is just one of many steps in the college entrance process. The next step you’ll take after receiving your PSAT scores is deciding how to prepare for the SAT based on the scores you received. Your great or not-so-great scores will let you know how much you work you’ll need to dedicate to preparing for the main (SAT) event!

    About Your PSAT Scores

    You’ll receive your PSAT results in about 6 weeks. Essentially, PSAT scores indicate how ready you are for college-level work. Each of the three PSAT sections are scored on a scale from 20 to 80. According to the College Board, average scores hover around the 50 mark for the individual PSAT sections. The scores from each section of the PSAT are then added up to reveal your total score.

      TIP: You can estimate what your SAT score would be by adding a zero to the end of your PSAT section score. For example, if you scored 55 on the reading section, you could approximate this be a score of 550 on the SAT. Same goes for the total score – add a zero to your total PSAT score to arrive at a comparable SAT score.

    Your PSAT scores also show how you rank against other students on a national percentile basis. This allows you to compare your PSAT scores with other students in your grade nationwide.

    Also included in your score report is the Selection Index, and this determines your eligibility for entrance into the National Merit Scholarship Corporation programs (NMSC). The Selection Index is the sum of the three scores in each of the 3 test sections. The Selection Index scores range from 60 to 240, with the average score hovering around the 150 mark.

    Of note – only high school juniors are entered inth the NMSC scholarship running, therefore high school sophomores will not see a Selection Index score in their PSAT score results.

    National Merit Scholarship Corporation

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