PSAT scores to be released in December

Sophomores, juniors to receive notification via email


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Documents in the counseling office provide information about the SAT.

Angel Luo, Reporter

As sophomores and juniors finished their PSAT exams on Oct. 10, counselors began the process of preparing for students to receive their scores in December.

The College Board will notify sophomores and juniors in a message sent to the email address they entered on their answer sheet in October. Students were asked to use their official school email address on this form, so they should check their school email for this information.

The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test is given to sophomores and juniors in order to help them become more familiar with SAT, according to college counselor Mr. Terry Knaus. The highest possible score on the PSAT is 1,520 (760 in math and 760 in reading and writing).

Knaus also clarified that colleges do not receive a student’s PSAT scores automatically, but are able to buy them. From the College Board, colleges can purchase PSAT scores that are in their preferred range as well as the scores of students who are interested in studying specific subjects or playing certain sports.

“This is why students have to fill out surveys on the PSAT booklet and check the boxes of colleges that they are interested in, so that colleges can categorize students. Then, a few months later, students would start getting emails from colleges that have gotten their information,” Knaus said. He also indicated that the higher scores students get, the more colleges that would reach out to them.

For juniors, the Oct. 10 PSAT also provided an opportunity for them to enter the National Merit Scholarship Program. “The Merit Scholarship given to students can vary in different schools, but PSAT is still a test that students can consider and start early to prepare for,” Knaus said.

For specific details, Knaus provided a website, for students who wish to learn more about PSAT and the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Knaus said he would also like to give future juniors and sophomores some advice: “Take (the PSAT) seriously. Prepare for it. Come pick up a study guide in the counseling office and practice on Khan Academy.”