So you took the PSAT and your score report is finally on its way. Now what?

Millions of students have received their PSAT score report, courtesy of the College Board. If you aren’t sure how to interpret your score report, we’re here to help. Simply watch this video for an in-depth, step-by-step review of your PSAT score report.

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The test prep experts at ArborBridge have assessed and broken down each and every element of the PSAT score report in order to ensure students understand exactly what their score means.

Frequently Asked Questions about the PSAT

Will I qualify for the National Merit if I took the PSAT?

The PSAT is the first step in the National Merit Competition. A student is eligible as long as the student meets all the following criteria:

a) A full-time high school student
b) Has attended four years of high school grades 9-12
c) Either is a U.S. Citizen or applying for U.S. Citizenship
d) In the 11th grade
e) Planning to apply to college in 2016

If I do well on the PSAT, should I take the SAT instead of the ACT?

When the PSAT changed last year, it actually moved more closely in line with the material and format of the ACT. Therefore, a student who does well on the PSAT should not immediately assume the SAT is a better choice. It may indicate that the SAT would be a viable option but not the only option.

It is still best to also take an ACT diagnostic exam to see how you really do on the ACT and compare it to your PSAT score. If you score very poorly on the ACT diagnostic, especially in Science, taking the SAT may be worthwhile because the SAT will not contain Science.

Do students gain a leg up on the SAT if they take the PSAT?

Not really. There is, of course, something that comes from getting that extra experience with standardized testing, such as working to decrease test anxiety. But it doesn’t necessarily guarantee a point boost on the SAT. However, it can provide an indirect benefit by giving students an idea of their potential starting scores on the SAT. Students will be able to tell if the exam is a good fit for them, then adjust their test prep for the SAT accordingly.

When will I receive my PSAT scores?

If you provided your email address on the PSAT registration form on test day, you should have received an email with your score report on January 7. Your printed score report will arrive January 29. Teachers and counselors can also give you an access code to view your score report online if you need one.

Which test should you take?

Now that you’ve taken the PSAT, it’s time to consider which college admission exam will play best to your strengths. ArborBridge offers free diagnostic ACT and SAT exams to students around the world.

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You might be surprised what you can interpret from those numbers. Talk to an ArborBridge test prep professional today and map out your best plan of attack for college admission exams.