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What does my PSAT score mean?

Damon1570Damon1570 Posts: 565Registered User Member
I don't exactly know where to go to find out if my score is good/bad/average or what I need to do wrong.

I live in Indiana. Does anyone know the National Merit Scholarship Cutoff Number?

I have a 3.7/4 GPA but I got a 158 on the PSAT (47 CR, 54 MATH, 57 WRITING) It says I did better than 69 percent of juniors in my state. I still feel like this is a bad score since I want to go to loyola chicago or possibly nyu.

What do these scores mean? and What do I need to do to improve them? Any tips? I skipped the ones I didn't know and then went back to see if I knew them then. Then If I didn't know them, I just skipped them.

Please respond!
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Replies to: What does my PSAT score mean?

  • fireflyscoutfireflyscout Posts: 5,347Registered User Senior Member
    Last year's semifinalist cutoff for Indiana was 213.

    Your score translates to a possible 1580 (out of 2400) on the SAT. You need to focus on improving those scores.

    I suggest you check the stickied thread at the top of the SAT preparation forum for the "Xiggi method". If you can motivate yourself, you can prepare well for the SAT.
  • jjsamson92jjsamson92 Posts: 81Registered User Junior Member
    You seem to be a good student judging by your GPA and not being complacent with your current PSAT scores. I would say that the only thing your PSAT score is indicative of is a lack of preparation. I think that is a good thing since your dissatisfaction can be easily assuaged by spending an hour or less studying some type of SAT/PSAT prep book. Also, if you seem to do really well in school you may consider taking the ACT instead which is supposedly more knowledge based than reasoning ability or w.e .
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