Student Score Report
Get the most out of PSAT/NMSQT results
In early December, your school's PSAT/NMSQT score reports will be shipped addressed to your school principal. Your school will receive two sets of students' score reports, one to distribute to students, the other to keep on file. Learn more about how to share results with students and parents.
The information below explains each section of the student score report to help you get the most out of the PSAT/NMSQT results.
PSAT/NMSQT scores are reported on a scale of 20 to 80. In 2012, the average score for eleventh graders was about 48 in Critical Reading, 48 in Mathematics, and 46 in Writing Skills. The average score for tenth graders is about 43 in Critical Reading, 43 in Mathematics, and 41 in Writing Skills. Unless students earn scores that are much lower than average, they're probably developing the kinds of critical reading, math reasoning, and writing skills needed for academic success in college.
No test measures precisely what someone knows, and many factors can affect results. That is why test makers think of each score as a range that extends from a few points below to a few points above the score earned. The Score Ranges section of the report shows the extent to which an individual student's score might differ with repeated testing, assuming that the student's skill level remains the same.
Juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT receive percentiles that compare their scores with those of all eleventh-graders taking the test. Tenth-graders and younger students are compared to all tenth-graders.
National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) information
The Selection Index is in the NMSC section of the PSAT/NMSQT score report. This index is used by National Merit Scholarship Corporation to designate groups to be recognized in its scholarship programs. If an asterisk appears next to the Selection Index, it would mean the student does not meet entry requirements for the programs. (This is usually because students must take the test in their third year of high school to enter NMSC programs and scholarship competitions.)
The Your Skills section provides critical reading, mathematics and writing skills feedback based on students' patterns of responses across test questions. Students can see which skills they performed well on and which they need to improve. When students go online and log in to My College QuickStart™, they can access suggestions for improving each of these skills and hundreds of sample questions that provide additional practice in each skill area.
The score report is designed to be used with the student's PSAT/NMSQT test booklet. It lists students' answers and allows them to see the correct answer and difficulty level for each question. Students can use My Online Score Report in My College QuickStart to review the questions they answered incorrectly or omitted, and complete practice questions of the same type to learn from their mistakes.
The Next Steps section of the score report shows the college major a student expressed interest in when he or she took the PSAT/NMSQT. This section also includes a unique access code that students can use to log in to My College QuickStart, where they can take a personality test, and learn more about colleges, majors and careers that interest them. Starting this year, students will see a message about their potential for success in AP courses based on their section scores. There is also some helpful advice about when to take the SAT®.