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Unpacking the PSAT

Updated: Nov 5, 2023





Juniors and sophomores who took the October PSAT will see scores released in two phases.

  • November 6th release for tests taken 10/14 or earlier

  • November 16th release for tests taken 10/15 or later.

Below are some frequently asked questions.

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My student did not take the October PSAT, is that a problem?

For most students, the PSAT is taken to become comfortable with the SAT, understand a baseline score, and start considering a testing timeline. If your student's school requires registration to take the PSAT and your student missed registering, it is not the end of the world. Students can take a practice SAT using their Khan Academy account anytime. We also offer a free diagnostic SAT with our tutoring partner Arbor Bridge. Winter break is a good time to do this.

My student took the PSAT, but I don’t think it is a representative score.

How can I tell if the SAT or ACT test is the best test for my student?

My student performed well on the test; how can we tell if the score is likely in the range for National Merit Scholarship consideration?

How can I find out if my student’s school is offering the SAT school day?

When should my student consider their self-study timeline?

Is test-optional a valid application type?

What selective and Flagship state schools have not yet announced test-optional policy for the Class of 2025


A student’s academic profile is more than how they perform on one test day. The rigor of the high school curriculum and good grades are the best indicators of long-term academic success in college.


Foreshadowing to next year...Senior year schedules must have a rigorous academic load, even if the student is told they have enough credits to graduate.

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