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How do people's SAT scores compare to PSAT scores???

xiaohyoleexiaohyolee Posts: 158Registered User Junior Member
edited December 2008 in SAT Preparation
i'm really worried b/c my psat score was horribleeee. CR: 660; M: 750; W: 690
... am i totally screwed or is it true that SAT scores are usually higher than PSAT scores??
i studied a bit (did some practice tests; read through a grammar book) before the PSAT....
none of my friends studied and all their scores (at least CR and W) were wayy better.

also, a question about CR. on the official practice psat test, i got a 800 on cr (1 question wrong)... and also i got a bunch of 800s on the practice tests i did. but i also got a bunch of 600s... why does my score fluctuate soo fricking much???!! any suggestions??
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Replies to: How do people's SAT scores compare to PSAT scores???

  • powerbombpowerbomb Posts: 3,364Registered User Senior Member
    First, your PSAT score is NOT horrible; it's actually pretty good. Second, most people's SAT scores tend to be higher than their PSAT score.
  • ansaransar Posts: 2,071Registered User Senior Member
    Not that far off (186 [PSAT], 1950 [SAT])

    And that is NOT a horrible PSAT score >_>
  • rocketpower866rocketpower866 Posts: 89Registered User Junior Member
    Sophomore year: 190
    Junior year: 226
    Real SAT (took once in June of junior year): 2320

    If you study hard, and exert yourself, you not only can, but will, get a good score.
  • GodfatherbobGodfatherbob Posts: 1,302Registered User Senior Member
    A person generally scores higher on the SAT than on the PSAT, but that's because people take the SAT several months after the PSAT--not because a 210 PSAT score correlates to something higher than a 2100 SAT score.
    none of my friends studied and all their scores (at least CR and W) were wayy better.

    Life is haaaaard
  • CC LurkerCC Lurker Posts: 592Registered User Junior Member
    I did about 210 points better on the SAT, and I took it only two months after the PSAT. There is some luck involved, but it shouldn't be significant enough to cause fluctuations from the 600s to 800. Maybe you take some practice sections when you're more tired or something?
  • ysberaysbera Posts: 558Registered User Member
    PSAT 171 SAT score is around 500 points higher...
  • ArachnotronArachnotron Posts: 1,761Registered User Senior Member
    I took the PSAT in October and got 80M, 80CR, and 68W. Took the SAT in October and got 760 CR, 780M, and 800W. Total scores similar, but distributions radically different.
  • innocencexinnocencex Posts: 45Registered User Junior Member
    SAT score generally tend to be higher, there are less questions on the PSAT and thus the curve is harsher. I got 231 (74 CR 80 M 77W)on my junior psat (190 sophomore year). I took SAT in December and got 2360 (790 CR, 770 M, 800W). Plus your psat score is not horrible.
  • teenage_clicheteenage_cliche Posts: 3,522Registered User Senior Member
    Soph PSAT: 202
    Junior PSAT: 206
    Junior SAT (two months after PSAT): 2240.
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