Like the SAT, the PSAT measures a raw score which is calculated by the number of questions answered correctly. There is no penalty for guessing. That raw score is then converted to a scaled score (160-760) using a process called equating, which takes into account slight variations in difficulty between different test administrations and dates. The two scaled section scores are combined to create a student’s total score and to measure a student’s percentile ranking. The percentile ranking shows how a test-taker compares to the scores of test-takers nationwide. It represents the percentage of test-takers whose scores fell at or below the student’s score. The chart below shows percentile rankings for total scores among 10th and 11th graders. Percentiles were calculated by the College Board using the scores of students who took the PSAT/NMSQT in 2015.
If you are applying for fall 2017 admission, results from the current SAT and/or the redesigned SAT will be accepted. When evaluating applicants, we will consider only the highest testing results reported from one version of the test, not across both versions .” Columbia Admissions Cornell All Scores “Note that Cornell requires students to submit all scores from SAT tests taken and does not participate in the College Board’s Score Choice.” Cornell Admissions Duke Highest Section – Version 2 “Duke requires that students send their full testing record for either the ACT or SAT and SAT Subject exams taken in high school.” Duke Admissions Georgetown Highest Section – Version 2 “Georgetown University does not participate in the Score Choice option available through the College Board. Georgetown requires that you submit scores from all test sittings of the SAT, ACT, and SAT II Subject Tests.” Georgetown Admissions Georgia Institute of Technology Highest Section – Version 2 “We use your highest section scores in the evaluation process. Each time you submit new scores to us, we will update your record with your highest scores.” Georgia Tech Admissions Harvard Highest Section – Version 1 “You are free to use the College Board Score Choice option or the similar option offered by the ACT.” Harvard Admissions Johns Hopkins Highest Section – Version 2 “We’ll consider your highest section scores across all SAT s taken—even if they were on different test dates—in our evaluation of your application. We therefore encourage you to update your application with new test scores each time you take the SAT s.