Your Score Report Explained
The Student Score Reports Page
The student score reports portal lists all score reports available for the assessments you’ve taken. The entry for each score report shows the total score and section scores you received for that test. Click on the box containing your score to go to your score report for that test.
The top portion of your score report contains a big black number. This number is your PSAT/NMSQT Score, also referred to as your total score.
The Total Score section also includes this information:
- Next to your score are the numbers 320–1520—these numbers are the range of possible scores on the PSAT/NMSQT.
- Below your score is your score range. These numbers are the range of scores you might get if you took the PSAT/NMSQT multiple times on different days.
- If you click the arrow next to your score, you can view your score percentile. The score percentile is the percentage of students who took the test and scored higher or lower than you.
After the total score are your two section scores:
- The 2 sections of the PSAT/NMSQT are (1) Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and (2) Math.
- The PSAT/NMSQT contains 3 tests: (1) Reading, (2) Writing and Language, and (3) Math, but the Reading Test and the Writing and Language Test are combined into 1 section score.
- Section scores are based on your raw score in each section, which is the number of questions you got correct. For each section, the raw scores are converted to a scaled score in the range of 160–760.
- These 2 scores added together equal your total score.
Your two section scores are on a line infographic that shows your score in relation to a benchmark for being on track for college.
This part of your score report also shows your percentile for both section scores, meaning the percentage of test takers you scored higher than.
Score Details: Test Scores, Cross-Test Scores, Subscores
The Score Details page on your score report gives you detailed information on the different parts of your test, including your percentile score for each part.
Your three test scores are Reading, Writing and Language, and Math. For each test you’ll see:
- Your individual test score, in the range of 8–38
- The number of questions you answered correctly or incorrectly
- A college-readiness benchmark to see the areas you excelled in and the areas where you might need more work
The two cross-test scores are Analysis in Science and Analysis in History/Social Studies. They’re called “cross-test” scores because the questions that make up this part of your score are drawn from all three tests. The cross-test scores have a range of 8–38.
Seven subscores reflect how well you did on specific types of questions that appear on the PSAT 10. The subscores are:
- Command of Evidence
- Words in Context
- Expression of Ideas
- Standard English Conventions
- Heart of Algebra
- Problem Solving and Data Analysis
- Passport to Advanced Math
Each of the subscores is in the range of 1–15.
NMSC Selection Index Score
The NMSC Selection Index score is double the sum of your Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Test scores.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation uses this score to initially screen students to enter the National Merit® Scholarship Program.
Understanding Your PSAT/NMSQT Score Report
You can access your PSAT/NMSQT score report online to learn how ready you are for college and get insight into which skills to focus on in order to prepare for the SAT.