PSAT/NMSQT Score Release Points Juniors to the Future

Emme Perencevich, Opinion, Copy, and Infographic Editor

The PSAT scores were released on Tuesday, December 10. The test was held in October and students have waited months to find out how well they did.

“It’s the first standardized test score we’ve gotten back this year and it’s now time to start thinking about college applications and stuff,” said Zoë Meany ’21.

While the PSAT doesn’t directly count on college applications, it presents an opportunity to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship. The top one percent of scorers, with the cutoff being 216 in Iowa, will be named National Merit Semifinalists.

Last year the cutoff for National Merit Semifinalist was a Selection Index score of 215 or above.

Scored out of 1520 total, the PSAT is divided into an Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section and a Math section, which are scored out of 760 respectively. Scores can be found here.