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how accurate is the psat?

mtrinh91mtrinh91 Registered User Posts: 41 Junior Member
Ok, I have two questions here. From experience, are the scores you receive on the practice PSAT booklet indicative of the scores you will receive on the real PSAT? What about in relation to the SAT? Is the PSAT an accurate gauge of performance?

Thank you.
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Replies to: how accurate is the psat?

  • dchow08dchow08 Registered User Posts: 3,267 Senior Member
    Yes and Yes.
  • LuckMC11LuckMC11 Registered User Posts: 807 Member
    not at all
  • tokenadulttokenadult Registered User Posts: 17,471 Senior Member
    I exceeded predictions from my PSAT score when I took the SAT a year later. I was a National Merit semifinalist.

    More generally, there is always some variation up or down in scores between different administrations of the same or similar tests. Learn your fine points of grammar, or math, or whatever you need to learn, get a good night's sleep, and then take the test with confidence.
  • .illogic.illogic Registered User Posts: 246 Junior Member
    Depends if you take the PSAT as seriously as the SAT. If you prepare for both equally, you should get about the same score. (Unless you're either an exceptionally good or bad writer)
    Any change in intellectual ability between administrations of the tests should be negligible.

    The PSAT and the SAT are created by different companies, but I've found that the questions are similar in format and difficulty.
  • SubMachineNipsSubMachineNips Registered User Posts: 599 Member
    i got 10 points higher on my PSAT (if you multiply by 10) than my first SAT (no prep for either). So yes, it's a good measure.
  • lowfatsourcremelowfatsourcreme Registered User Posts: 153 Junior Member
    mine was an incredibly good measure, just a 10/1 point off thing.
  • mtrinh91mtrinh91 Registered User Posts: 41 Junior Member
    good, i was happy with what i got on my practice psat so i hope thats what ill get on my psat and sat
  • explodeexplode Registered User Posts: 522 Member
    I had a 300-point difference from my PSAT and SAT.... I don't know, maybe I just had a bad day on the PSAT?
  • Carpe AeternumCarpe Aeternum Registered User Posts: 721 Member
    My PSAT was a 204, and my SAT the following spring a 2080. Two months later my SAT went to a 2190.
  • jackbermjackberm Registered User Posts: 168 Junior Member
    The week before taking the real psat, I got a 221 on a practice test. On the actual psat, i got a 222. A month later, I took the SAT and got a 2220. So in my case, the psat was really accurate.
  • laptop19laptop19 Registered User Posts: 233 Junior Member
    not at all.
  • Johnson181Johnson181 Registered User Posts: 4,226 Senior Member
    I got 1 point higher on the actual psat than the booklet.

    My sat was 2 (20) points lower than my psat (blast the essay).


    I didn't prepare for either (and made national merit). I'd say that my psat was pretty indicative of how I was going to do on the sat.
  • drnoeyedeadrnoeyedea Registered User Posts: 466 Member
    not at all...i hated the psat. maybe cuz i didnt qualify for nmsc...but whatever. i scored 200 on psat and then 2200 on sat...200 point jump...sounds fishy to me.
  • Mister SinisterMister Sinister Registered User Posts: 533 Member
    PSAT is a piece of ****. I got a 230 on it, and on my SAT I got a 1860 my first time. I hope I do good this october...
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