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SAT Test Prep

PSAT scores were recently returned to students across the country. For parents and students looking at their score sheets, our founder Mark Greenstein is here to help interpret the scores. In comparison to the SAT, the three-digit score of the PSAT is on a similar scale with some key differences to highlight.

Comparing the Scores

The PSAT scale can provide a fairly accurate snapshot of how you would score on the SAT – if it’s in the range of about 400 to 620. The scale becomes misleading at the high end, since the PSAT caps out at 760 and not 800.

Students who have scored high on the PSAT would likely score even higher on the SAT because there is a 40-point unfulfilled range on the PSAT side. For example, a 760 on the PSAT would be a 790 or perfect score on the SAT.

How to Prep for the SAT

Some of the PSAT subcategories may seem irrelevant, especially if your student has not been studying much, but they can provide a snapshot of weaker areas. If you go 0 for 3, these categories are likely be worth studying more.

On the other hand, we’re not convinced you can be entirely complacent even at 4 and 0. The way the PSAT categorizes is not that scientific; there may be an overlap in math or reading and grammar types of problems. You want to work on every category and every question, even if it falls into more than one category.

Prepare yourself for an SAT that could look like what you just saw on the PSAT. It is a worthy test to study for because the PSAT is trying to mimic the types of questions found on the SAT. Working with Ivy Bound, you’ll be headed for a better SAT score!