Students tested in October and their scores become available either December 6th or 7th, 2021; release dates vary by state (see map below). If you provided an email address on test day, you will receive an email from CollegeBoard when your scores are released. School counselors have access to scores the week before.
The PSAT (a pre-SAT) is taken by many 10th & 11th graders (and some younger students); it is also the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Competition (NMSC).
What you'll learn from PSAT results:
- Future ACT and SAT Success
- Whether your scores indicate taking the SAT instead of ACT
- Determining AP class readiness and likely success on AP exams
- Possibly qualifying for generous National Merit Scholarships in the future - for some even getting FREE college!
LEAP's former student, Liam, applied to a wide variety of colleges including elite schools. He had many great options.
When I ran into his mom recently at a party for a mutual friend's birthday, she said when they weighed all the options the FREE TUITION at the University of Cincinnati that he earned in part from being a Nation Merit Finalist as a result of the prep he did with LEAP was what weighed the scale in UC's favor.
LEAP is offering a FREE webinar on how to read the score report, what the results mean & action steps students can take.
How to find PSAT scores
- Scores aren’t in there? Update your information including current email address that would have been used when registering for the PSAT. Keep in mind, your school may have registered you and used a different email address than you previously registered in the CB system.
- Still don’t see your scores? Use the “Access Code” sent to you in the email notifying you your scores are available. Don’t have an access code? Check with your school counselor who should have both your access code and your score report.
- NOTE: Some scores are delayed for a variety of reasons; this is not necessarily reason to be alarmed.
- Register for LEAP’s webinar on understanding scores and what action to now take.
A perfect PSAT is 1520 based on two sections: Reading/Writing 760 and Math 760. Add your two scores together and you get your total based on the 1520 scale. Keep in mind the SAT’s perfect score is 1600. The PSAT and SAT are concorded, so whatever your PSAT score is would indicate your likely SAT score.
Want to see a sample PSAT score report?
Missed taking the PSAT?
Was your PSAT canceled due to COVID? Did you forget to register? Did your school not offer it?
If you simply want the practice of taking a PSAT test, email LEAP and we will provide a sample PSAT for you to practice with at home.
If your concern is missing out on possible National Merit scholarships, there is an alternate entry pathway to the National Merit Scholarship program including several steps and a deadline of 4/1/21. Details here.
From National Merit:
"A student who does not take the PSAT/NMSQT because of illness, an emergency, or other extenuating circumstance, but meets all other requirements for NMSC program participation, may still be able to enter the competition. The student or a school official must write to NMSC as soon as possible after the PSAT/NMSQT administration to request information about procedures for alternate entry to the National Merit Scholarship Program. To be considered, a request must be postmarked no later than April 1 following the PSAT/NMSQT administration that was missed. The alternate entry request should include the name and address of the student; the contact information of the person making the request; the name and address of the student's high school; and a brief explanation of why the student missed the PSAT/NMSQT.
National Merit Scholarship Corporation
1560 Sherman Avenue, Suite 200
Evanston, IL 60201-4897
Phone: (847) 866-5100
Fax: (847) 866-5115
The earlier NMSC receives the written request, the greater the student's opportunities for meeting alternate entry requirements. Upon receiving and processing the request, NMSC will provide alternate entry materials, including instructions for program entry and a form that requires the signature of a school official."