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PSAT Scores Online?

Sally Rubenstone
Written by Sally Rubenstone | Nov. 19, 2002

Question: I took the PSAT this fall, and I heard the scores would be posted online. Where can I find this?

If you visit the College Board Web site (www.collegeboard.com), you will see that PSAT results are sent to your school, and you are not able to retrieve them online. (Note the Q&A from that site, below.)

Q: When and how will I receive my PSAT/NMSQT scores?
A: Your score reports are mailed to your high school principal by mid-December. Each school decides how and when to distribute the scores to students. Check with your counselor if you have not yet received your scores. PSAT/NMSQT scores are not available by phone or online. Go to the Truth about Your Scores for more information about score reports.

Students who take the SAT, however (and pay a supplementary fee) can get those scores either online or by telephone. This is probably why you were led to believe that PSAT scores are available electronically as well.

While you won’t find the information you seek about your specific scores, if you visit the College Board site and click on “Taking the Tests” and follow the links to the PSAT, you can access some general information about score interpretation and other useful details about the test.

You were wise to take the PSAT as a sophomore, because now you are in a position to work on weak spots before you have to take your SATs. Also keep in mind that, if you are in classes this year that you won’t be taking at a higher level down the road (e.g., perhaps biology), you may want to take the SAT II Subject Test in that area this spring.

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Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone knows the competitive and often convoluted college admission process inside out: From the first time the topic of college comes up at the dinner table until the last duffel bag is unloaded on a dorm room floor. She is the co-author of Panicked Parents' Guide to College Admissions; The Transfer Student's Guide to Changing Colleges and The International Student's Guide to Going to College in America. Sally has appeared on NBC's Today program and has been quoted in countless publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Weekend, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, People and Seventeen. Sally has viewed the admissions world from many angles: As a Smith College admission counselor for 15 years, an independent college counselor serving students from a wide range of backgrounds and the author of College Confidential's "Ask the Dean" column. She also taught language arts, social studies, study skills and test preparation in 10 schools, including American international schools in London, Paris, Geneva, Athens and Tel Aviv. As senior advisor to College Confidential since 2002, Sally has helped hundreds of students and parents navigate the college admissions maze. In 2008, she co-founded College Karma, a private college consulting firm, with her College Confidential colleague Dave Berry, and she continues to serve as a College Confidential advisor. Sally and her husband, Chris Petrides, became first-time parents in 1997 at the ripe-old age of 45. So Sally was nearly an official senior citizen when her son Jack began the college selection process, and when she was finally able to practice what she had preached for more than three decades.

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