UPDATED FOR 2018! Includes SAT / PSAT / ACT Score Concordance Chart!!

Did you just get your PSAT score back and are you wondering what this means for you?

First, it’s important to remember, for most students, the PSAT is JUST PRACTICE! You won’t submit this score to any colleges. The tests only really matters for students scoring in the top 2-3% who may qualify for awards or scholarships from it.

For everyone, though, the PSAT is a great way to gauge your potential performance on the SAT. Evaluating your PSAT score can also help you in making a prep plan. When you understand your performance, you can figure out how much time to commit to get the SAT or ACT score you really want!

Admittedly, PSAT scoring can be a bit confusing. While the PSAT is out of 1520, the SAT is out of 1600!  How do the two compare? And what about the ACT?

To answer those questions, I’ve compiled the chart below that matches the percentile from junior year PSAT takers to SAT and ACT users so you can get a predictive idea of what your PSAT score means. Remember, SAT and ACT users are more likely to be further along in their studies and to have prepped more than PSAT takers. Still, if you’re not where you want to be, now is the time to get some perspective and plan ahead!

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Here’s a quick breakdown of what makes a good PSAT score:

DECENT PSAT SCORE:

A decent score meets the benchmark for the College Board: 75% chance you won’t flunk any classes freshman year of college. That lands typically around the 50th percentile on these tests. For the PSAT that’s a 970 for juniors (510 Math / 460 Verbal) and a 910 for sophomores (480 Math / 430 Verbal). This kind of a score will likely translate to an SAT score that will get you into some four year colleges.

A GOOD PSAT SCORE:

A good score on the PSAT would equate to around a 1190-1200 on the SAT. This score is enough to get you into some nationally recognized state universities with moderately competitive admissions. These schools likely have a 40-70% rate of applicants accepted (ballpark for admissions percentages). This equates to approximately the 75th percentile on the PSAT: 1150 for juniors or a 1050 for sophomores.

A VERY GOOD PSAT SCORE:

A very good score on the PSAT would equate to around a 1400 on the SAT– enough to get you into some top 50 ranked or competitive admissions schools. These schools most likely have admission rates in the 20-40% range. This is about the 95th percentile, or a 1360 on the PSAT for juniors or 1250 for sophomores.

AN EXCELLENT SCORE:

An excellent PSAT score represents the top 1% of test takers, commensurate with at least a 1500-1550 SAT score. On the PSAT this would be between a 1460-1520 as a junior or 1370-1520 as a sophomore.  The upper range of this score band is enough to complete a strong application to top 10 or top 20 schools, with admission rates below 20%. Still, these top colleges are extremely competitive. Remember, an excellent test score is only one component of your application.

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How do ACT, SAT and PSAT scores compare?

Check out this concordance table to see the correlation in the different scoring systems, updated December 2018. Note that for ACT these scores are equivalent, but the PSAT/SAT and ACT are two completely different test types. Though the PSAT is a good predictor of your SAT score, it’s not necessarily a good predictor of your ACT score. You’ll need to take a practice ACT test at home or the PreACT for 10th graders if you’d like to estimate that. You can then compare that ACT score to your PSAT score using this chart to see if might have a natural advantage on one test or the other.

Scores
 Percentiles 
ACT ScoreSAT ScorePSAT ScoreSAT & 11th Gr PSAT User Percentiles**PSAT 10th Gr Users
361600152099+99+
36*1590*152099+99+
36

1580151099+99+
361570
1510
99+99+
35
1560
1500
99+99+
35
1550
149099+99+
35*1540*_99-
35
15301480
9999+
3415201480
9999+
34
151014709999+
34*1500*14609999+
34
1490
14509899+
33148014409899+
33147014309899
33*1460*1410-142097
99
331450

14009799
32
144013909699
32*
1430*
13809699
32142013709599
31141013609598
31*
1400*1350
9498
31139013409498
3013801320-13309398
30*

1370*13109297
30
13601300
9297
29135012909197
29*1340*
12809096
291330
12708996
28132012608895
281310-88-
28
130012508795
27
129012408695
27*1280*1220-123084-8593-94
27
127012108393
27126012008292
26125011908191
26*1240*-80-
26123011807990
2512201160-117077-7888-89
25*1210*115075-7687
25120011407486
241190-73-
24*1180*11307285
24117011207084
241160111068-6983
23115011006781
23*1140*10906580
23113010806378
22112010706277
22*1110*10606076
22110010505874
211090
10405672
21*
1080*
-54-
21107010305271
21106010205169
20105010104967
20*
104010004766
20
10309904564
1910209804362
19*1010960-97041-4258-60
19
100095038-3956
1999094037-3854
189809303653
18*9709203451
189609103249
179509003147
179408902945
17*9308802743
179208702641
16910
8602438
1690085022-2336
16*8908402134
1688083019-2032
158708201830
1586081016-1728
15*850*8001526
15840
7901424
15830
-13-
148207801222
148107701118
14*800*7601018
14790
750916
14780740814
13770730712
13*760*720610
1375071059
13740-47
1373070047
1272069036
12*71068035
1270067024
1269066024
1168064013
11*67063012
11650-66062012
10 & Below640 & Below610 & Below🙁🙁

Note: * indicates best correlation between SAT/ACT scores. All scores were correlated using User Percentile of Junior Year PSAT Users, SAT Users, and ACT Users (2018 data) from College Board and ACT.

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