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    PSAT to SAT Score Conversion: Predict Your Score

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    Updated: May 14th, 2024
    PSAT to SAT Score Conversion: Predict Your Score

    The SAT has become a household name because of its role as a screening tool at many colleges across the U.S. Although you may be anxious about taking the SAT, the good news is that there are several ways to prepare for this big exam. One way is to take the PSAT, which is a helpful indicator of how you’ll perform on the SAT. If you’ve taken the PSAT and you’re looking to estimate your projected SAT score, you can use our PSAT to SAT Conversion tool. Enter your PSAT score to convert it to the equivalent SAT score:

    You can also check out our PSAT to SAT Score Conversion Chart below. Read on if you’d like to gain a better understanding of the PSAT. 

    Also see: What is a high PSAT score?

    What is the PSAT?

    The PSAT (Preliminary SAT) is a standardized test administered to high schoolers by the College Board. The exam is designed to test students on their reading, writing, and math skills. The PSAT is commonly taken by high school students to prepare for the SAT and to qualify for college scholarships. Note that there are three versions of the test: 

    • PSAT 8/9 (designated for 8th and 9th graders)
    • PSAT 10 (designated for 10th graders)
    • PSAT/NMSQT (designated for 11th graders seeking to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship)
    @scholarships360 Your scores on the PSAT can be a great indicator of how you’ll do on the SAT. If you’ve already taken the PSAT, convert your scores with our conversion tool linked below 👇 #scholarships360 #scholarships #test #exams #psat #sat #middleschool #highschool ♬ Storytelling – Adriel

    Why should I take the PSAT?

    There are two main reasons to take the PSAT, which we’ll discuss below: 

    Prepare for the SAT

    As you know, you’ll need to take the SAT if you’re applying to college. This is an important test that plays a big part in the application process of many schools, so you’ll want to be prepared. That’s where the PSAT comes into play. The PSAT is an excellent way to prepare yourself for the SAT. The PSAT is slightly less advanced than the SAT, but still covers similar material such as reading, writing, and math concepts. Once you’ve taken the PSAT, use the PSAT to SAT Score Conversion Chart to see how your scores will translate. 

    After getting a better idea of how you’ll fare on the SAT, you can use this information strategically. It can be helpful in learning what to study to improve your score. It can also help you decide if you should prioritize studying for the SAT or ACT.

    Related: Top scholarships for high school juniors

    Win scholarships

    Taking the PSAT is also a pathway to earning college scholarships. The PSAT/NMSQT is used as a qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship. This means that if you score highly enough on this exam, you could land a scholarship and help pay for your college education. 10th graders are allowed to take the exam, but students must take the exam during the 11th grade if they wish to be considered for the scholarship. Keep in mind that the PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10 are not considered for entry to the National Merit Scholarship Program.

    See also: How to pick the best test prep tutor (including links for free practice websites!)

    Expert Perspective

    With the rise of test-optional college admissions, the tests carry less weight than they used to. With this said, a strong test score can definitely help you admissions and scholarship chances. So while you shouldn’t make yourself sick over the tests, some prep and practice can go a long way. In particular, the Khan Academy offers some amazing free resources and practice tests for students to get prepared for the SAT and PSAT. 

    Will Geiger | Former Admissions Officer, Kenyon College

    What does the PSAT cover?

    The PSAT is broken down into the following three sections:

    Math Test

    The math test consists mainly of algebra questions. There are also some data analysis and complex equation problems mixed in. Calculators are allowed on part of the math section, but not all of it. 

    Also see: SAT math section tips

    Reading Test

    The reading test is designed to assess how you absorb, think about, and apply the knowledge you’re presented with. You’ll read several passages from various genres and be asked to locate specific information, imply meaning and intent, and identify how authors use evidence to support their claims.

    Also see: SAT reading section tips

    Writing and Language Test

    On the writing and language test, you’ll read passages, identify strengths and weaknesses, and fix mistakes. You’ll be asked to change words, clauses, sentences, and punctuation to improve the structure of passages. 

    Related: Top scholarships for high school sophomores

    How is the PSAT timed?

    The length varies according to each version of the test. 

    PSAT 8/9

    • Total Time: 2 hours and 25 minutes
    • Reading Test: 55 minutes (42 questions)
    • Writing and Language Test: 30 minutes (40 questions)
    • Math Test: 60 minutes (38 questions)

    PSAT 10 and PSAT/NMSQT 

    • Total Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes 
    • Reading Test: 60 minutes (47 questions)
    • Writing and Language Test: 35 minutes (44 questions)
    • Math Test: 70 minutes (48 questions)

    How is the PSAT scored?

    On all three versions of the PSAT, the score is calculated by combining the results from the reading and writing section and the math portion. For the PSAT 8/9, the score range is 240-1440. The range for the PSAT 10 and PSAT/NMSQT comes in a bit higher at 320-1520

    What is a good PSAT score?

    As far as what a “good score” would be, that varies depending on every student’s individual goal. However, the College Board has established benchmarks for each version of the test. According to the College Board, if you hit these benchmarks then you’ll have a 75% chance of achieving a C or higher in related first-semester college courses. In other words, it’s likely that you are college-ready if you hit the benchmarks established by the College Board. 

    Benchmarks for 8th graders taking the PSAT 8/9

    • Reading and Writing: 390
    • Math: 430
    • Total Score: 820

    Benchmarks for 9th graders taking the PSAT 8/9

    • Reading and Writing: 410
    • Math: 450
    • Total Score: 860

    Benchmarks for 10th graders taking the PSAT 10

    • Reading and Writing: 430
    • Math: 480
    • Total Score: 910

    Benchmarks for 11th graders taking the PSAT/NMSQT

    • Reading and Writing: 460
    • Math: 510
    • Total Score: 970

    Related: What is a high SAT score?

    How do I take the PSAT?

    Students register for the PSAT through their high school. Each school’s signup process differs, so talk to your school counselor to learn more. You may have to pay a small fee to take the exam, but many students have test-related fees covered in full or in part by their school.

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    PSAT to SAT Score Conversion Chart

    Use this chart to estimate SAT score based on your PSAT score. Note that the scores in this table are for the PSAT/NMSQT, and not for other versions of the test.

    PSAT Score Predicted SAT Score
    400 630
    410 640
    420 650
    430 650
    440 660
    450 670
    460 680
    470 690
    480 700
    490 700
    500 710
    510 720
    520 730
    530 740
    540 750
    550 760
    560 760
    570 770
    580 780
    590 790
    600 800
    610 810
    620 810
    630 820
    640 830
    650 840
    660 850
    670 860
    680 870
    690 870
    700 880
    710 890
    720 900
    730 910
    740 920
    750 920
    760 930
    770 940
    780 950
    790 960
    800 970
    810 970
    820 980
    830 990
    840 1000
    850 1010
    860 1020
    870 1030
    880 1030
    890 1040
    900 1050
    910 1060
    920 1070
    930 1080
    940 1080
    950 1090
    960 1100
    970 1110
    980 1120
    990 1130
    1000 1140
    1010 1140
    1020 1150
    1030 1160
    1040 1170
    1050 1180
    1060 1190
    1070 1190
    1080 1200
    1090 1210
    1100 1220
    1110 1230
    1120 1240
    1130 1240
    1140 1250
    1150 1260
    1160 1270
    1170 1280
    1180 1290
    1190 1300
    1200 1300
    1210 1310
    1220 1320
    1230 1330
    1240 1340
    1250 1350
    1260 1350
    1270 1360
    1280 1370
    1290 1380
    1300 1390
    1310 1400
    1320 1410
    1330 1410
    1340 1420
    1350 1430
    1360 1440
    1370 1450
    1380 1460
    1390 1460
    1400 1470
    1410 1480
    1420 1490
    1430 1500
    1440 1510
    1450 1510
    1460 1520
    1470 1530
    1480 1540
    1490 1550
    1500 1560
    1510 1570
    1520 1570

    Frequently asked questions about PSAT to SAT score conversion

    What does a 1200 on the PSAT equal on the SAT?

    A 1200 on the PSAT translates to a 1300 on the SAT, but there is no guarantee that is the score you will receive. Prepare and do your best knowing you have the potential to earn a 1300+ on test day!

    Do scores improve from PSAT to SAT?

    Scores can and do improve, but the range varies widely among students. The majority of students will improve, especially if they spend constructive time taking practice tests to get used to the timing of the SAT. There are so many free SAT practice resources, so m ake good use of them!

    Does the PSAT/NMSQT have an essay?

    No, the PSAT/NMSQT does not have an essay.

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