If you’re wondering what a good PSAT score is, read on.

With the advent of the latest PSAT, it can be a bit confusing– the test is out of 1520, but the SAT is out of 1600?  How do the two compare? To answer that question, I’ve compiled this chart 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 may translate to with a modest amount of prep (the SAT and ACT users are more likely to be further along in their students and to have prepped more to get to these percentiles than PSAT takers).

Generally, in terms of what makes a good score:

DECENT PSAT SCORE:

A decent score meets the benchmark for the College Board (75% chance you won’t flunk out of any classes freshman year of college)– that lands typically at about 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 get you into some four year colleges.

A GOOD PSAT SCORE:

A good score on the PSAT would equate to around a 1200 on the SAT– enough to get you into nationally recognized state universities (at least the less competitive ones) with moderately competitive admissions (40-70% of applicants accepted– ballpark). 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 a top 50 or competitive admissions school with admission rates in the 20-40% range — again this is ballpark. This is about the 95th percentile, or a 1350 on the PSAT for juniors or 1250 for sophomores.

AN EXCELLENT SCORE:

An excellent PSAT score would be in the top 1% of test takers, enough to be commensurate with at least a 1500-1550 SAT score. On the PSAT this would be between a 1460-1520 as a junior.  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%.

If you’re not happy with your PSAT score, the best thing to do now is to take a practice ACT — if your ACT score is higher than your PSAT, you might find prepping for that to be a better avenue to college admissions.  In any case good luck!

Scores  Percentiles   
ACT ScoreSAT ScorePSAT Score ACT, SAT & 11th Gr PSAT UsersPSAT 11th Gr Nat'l SamplePSAT 10th Gr Users10th Gr Nat'l Sample
361580-1600152099+99+99+99+
361570-1580151099+99+99+99+
351550-1560150099+99+99+99+
351530-1540149099+99+99+99+
34/35152014809999+99+99+
34151014709999+99+99+
34150014609999+99+99+
341480-149014509999+99+99+
33147014409899+99+99+
33146014309899+99+99+
331450142098999999
321440141097999999
321430140097999999
311420139096999999
311410138096999999
311410137096999999
30/311400136095989999
30/311390135095989898
301380134094989898
301370133094979898
29/301360132093979898
291350131092979797
291350130092969797
28/291340129091969797
28/291330128090959697
281320127089959696
281310126089949696
27/281300125088949595
27/281290124087939595
271280123086929494
26/271270122085929394
26/271260121084919393
261250120082909292
25/261240119081899191
25/261230118080889091
251220117078878990
24/251210116077868989
24/251200115075858888
241190114074848687
23/241180113072838586
23/241170112071828484
231160111069818383
22/231150110066-68677981
22/231140109065778081
221130108064767979
21/221120107062747778
21/221110106060737676
211090-1100105058707475
211080104056687273
20/211070103054657171
20/211060102052636969
201060101051616767
19/201050100049596665
19/20104099047576463
19103098045556262
19102097043536060
18/19101096041515858
18/19100095039485656
1899094037465454
17/1898093036445252
17/1897092034425050
17/1896091032394848
17/1895090030374646
1794089029354444
16/1793088027334242
16/1792087025314040
16/1792086024293838
16/1790085022283636
1689084021263433
15/1688083019243231
15/1687082018212928
15/1686081016202726
1585080015182524
15830-84079013152322
14/1582078012142119
14/1581077011121917
148007609101715
13/14780-790750881513
13/14770740781311
13/1476073067119
13/1475072055108
137407105386
137307004275
137206903264
12/137106803153
127006702142
11/126906602132
11/126906502131
11/126806401121
11660-6706301121
116606201121
10 & Below660 & Below610 & Below1111