When Are PSAT Scores Released?

You can expect your PSAT scores in mid-December.

If you took the PSAT in October, you can expect to get your scores on the College Board website in mid-December. The exact date depends on the state in which you attend high school. The table below presents the detailed schedule for score release.

PSAT Score Release Schedule

Although the PSAT Test takes place in October (see here for the specific PSAT test dates for the current year), PSAT scores aren't released until mid-December.

 For students who took the exam in October of 2017, the PSAT scores will be released on the following dates:

2017 PSAT/NMSQT Score Release Dates
Score Release DateState
December 11, 2017Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
December 12, 2017Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas
December 13, 2017Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia

PSAT scores used to go directly to schools instead of being mailed to student. Now, you can access your score reports online with an access code provided by your school counselor.

And it's a great thing to access them online because there are a lot of bonus materials that you get if you do.You'll receive free, personalized study through The Khan Academy with your test results, so you'll know how to hone your skills best for the SAT. In addition, you'll get to partake in a personality profiler that suggests possible careers and majors that seem to fit you best.

You can also search for careers and possible majors with BigFuture just by accessing your online scores. 

If you don't really care, or don't want to bother with looking up your score, then you can wait until late January when your PSAT scores are mailed to your school, which is where you took the test. From there, your teachers or guidance counselors will distribute a paper score report to you.

Your PSAT Score Report

Once you've received your PSAT score report (here's a sample so you'll know how it looks), you'll see fifteen different scores. Of primary concern are these:

  • Your Total score: (between 320 and 1520)
  • Your Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Score: (between 160 and 760)
  • Your Math Score: (between 160 and 760)
  • Your NMSC Selection Index (SI) Score: Your Reading, Writing and Language, and Math scores added up and multipled by 2. 

What To Do with Your PSAT Scores

Now that you have received your scores, what should you do? Since your PSAT scores are designed to show you how you may fare on the SAT, then it's a great idea to use the PSAT as a diagnostic test and your PSAT score report as an indication of what you may earn on the SAT. Check out your overall scores. Are your percentiles in line with the scores of incoming freshmen for the colleges and universities you're interested in attending?

If not, you'll want to come up with a strategy for improving your scores.

Pay attention to the smaller sub-scores provided on your test, too. If, for example, your overall score in Math is pretty good, but your lowest score was in Problem-Solving and Data Analysis, one of the subscores available on your sheet, then you'll know to study those types of questions even more for the SAT. Your PSAT score report can help guide you to your best score possible on the SAT exam if you use it well.

If you have questions about anything related to your PSAT test, feel free to make an appointment with your counselor at school. He or she is skilled in helping you navigate the ins and outs of the test and your results.

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