This spring, students like you across the country took the PSAT 10 and PSAT 8/9. You worked hard in school and took the test. You waited anxiously to see how you did—but now what? You may not realize the importance of your PSAT 10 or PSAT 8/9 scores. Keep reading to learn what these scores can do for you as you plan for college, career, and beyond.
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PSAT 10 and PSAT 8/9 Score Release

One of the first steps is to view your scores and understand what they mean. Your spring 2018 scores are released on a rolling basis depending on when you took the test. If you’re 13 and older, you can create an account and view your scores in the College Board’s student score portal.

Your score report shows you your score ranges, average scores, college readiness benchmarks, and percentile ranks. These results highlight where you’re doing well and where you might need to do more work. Read more about the PSAT tests and how they’re scored here: PSAT 10 and PSAT 8/9.

#1. Improving Your Skills and Finding New Classes to Take

High school courses can be challenging—but taking classes you excel at in subjects that interest you is rewarding and can improve your grades and chances of getting into your dream college. Your PSAT 10 and PSAT 8/9 scores can tell you what subjects and skills you excel in, and which you need to work on—so you can make smart decisions about which classes to take in high school.

#2. Get Matched to AP Courses

Your PSAT 10 or PSAT 8/9 score report will list recommended AP courses based on which topics you did well on. AP courses are a great way to prepare for college and help you stand out when you’re applying. And, you can get college credit for AP classes, which saves you money on tuition. Discover your AP potential, then talk to a teacher or counselor and decide which courses are right for you.

#3. Learn About Scholarship Opportunities

It’s never too early to look for scholarships! The PSAT 10 is one of the tests you must take in order to qualify for national scholarships and other academic honors. The NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is also taken in the same period as the PSATs and is solely for the National Merit Scholarship. The PSAT 10 connects students to over $235 million in scholarship funds nationwide.

#4. Get Free SAT Practice

Want to improve your skills as you continue in high school and get ready for the SAT? Use your PSAT as a great practice for the SATs. We recommend the test prep options offered by Konjoian Test Center. They offer comprehensive education and tutoring on taking these important tests.

So view your scores and use the great tools at your fingertips to make them work for you—and take the next step on your journey to college and your future.

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