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PSAT/NMSQT
Results

The PSAT/NMSQT is cosponsored by the College Board and the


National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
5 Main Parts of the Score Report
1. Your
Scores 4. National
Merit
Scholarship
Programs
2. Review Information
Your Answers
5. Your
Educational
Plans
3.
Improve
Your
Skills
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3 Sections
of the Test
Critical Reading - Blue

Mathematics - Green

Writing Skills -
Orange

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Section 1: Your Scores

Your
Scores
Ranges

46 . . . . . . . . . . . 50 . . . . . . . . . .
. 54
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Percentiles

• If you are a junior, your scores are


compared to other juniors.
• If you are a sophomore, or younger,
your scores are compared to
sophomores.
Get more information at
www.collegeboard.com/quickstart
.
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Percentiles

1 . . . . . . . . . . . 56 . . . . . . . ..
. . 100
higher than 55 lower than 44
juniors juniors

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Section 2:
Review Your
Answers
• Question number
• Correct Answer
• Your Answer
• Level of Difficulty

You will get your test


book with your score
report, so you can
review the test
questions.
Get more information at
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t.
Review Your
Answers:
Math
Also shows the math
content area of each
question:
• Alg = Algebra &
Functions
• Data = Data Analysis,
Statistics & Probability
• Geom = Geometry &
Measurement
• Num = Number &
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Review Your
Answers:
Math Student-
Produced
Responses

Only answers gridded in the


ovals are scored.

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Answer
Summary &
Scoring
• Correct answer = plus 1
point
• Omitted answers = no
points
• Wrong answers to
multiple-choice questions
= minus ¼ point. (To
discourage students from
blind or random
guessing.)
• Wrong answers to math
questions 29-38 (Student
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Produced Responses) =
Section 3:
Improve Your
Skills
• The skills listed are
based on your
individual
performance.
• Follow the
suggestions noted in
“how to improve”
and work with your
teachers.
• Review skills using
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Section 4:
National Merit
Scholarship
Corporation
(NMSC)
• Selection Index
Programs
• Percentile
• Entry
Requirements

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Section 5: Your
Educational
Plans
Based on the college major you
provided on the answer sheet, this
section will give you:
• Description of what college students
learn and do with that major
• Associated skills
• Recommended high school courses

Get more information at


www.collegeboard.com/quickst
art.
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After You Receive Your
PSAT/NMSQT Score Report
• Review your
answers by
revisiting test
questions with
which you had
difficulty.

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After You Receive Your
PSAT/NMSQT Score Report

Your Online Access Code

• Create a free collegeboard.com


account to access MyCollege
QuickStart at
www.collegeboard.com/quickstar
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At www.collegeboard.com/quickstart:

Free, personalized
college and
career planning
kit:

• My Online Score
Report
• My SAT Study Plan
(for high school
students)
• My College
Matches
• My Major & Career
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At
www.collegeboard.com/quickstart:
Review your online score report:
• Sort questions by difficulty level and question type
• View complete answer explanations
For high school students:
• Projected SAT scores: what your scores may be on the
SAT
• State percentiles: how you did compared to other
students in your state*
* Ninth graders
will see state
percentile
Sort ranges.
Questions

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At
www.collegeboard.com/quickstart:

• Free explanations
for the answers to
every test question,
including why the
correct answer is
the best choice.

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At
www.collegeboard.com/quickstart:
High school students receive
additional practice for the SAT:
• Practice SAT questions
• Practice SAT essay
• Student-written sample SAT
essays
• Official SAT practice test
Middle school students receive
instructions to sign up for The
Official SAT® Question of the Day

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At
www.collegeboard.com/quickstart:

A list of colleges in
your state that offer
the major you’re
interested in.
Select additional
search criteria to
refine their college
list.

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At
www.collegeboard.com/quickstart:
View profiles of the college
major you chose as well as
related majors and careers.

Connect to MyRoad, an
interactive college and career
planning website. MyRoad
comes complete with major
and career profiles, an online
magazine, self-discovery
tools, a planning portfolio,
and more.

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