There’s really no telling. When you get an SAT score, they give you your score, and next to it a “range” where you’re likely to score with repeated testing, as scores tend to go up and down… But don’t put too much weight on the percentiles—my perfect 800 in Critical reading, according to the report, is in the 99th percentile nationally but only the 98th percentile in my state—go figure!
The PSAT is different than the SAT, but people do tend to get similar scores on both—especially when you’re in the 99th percentile, you ARE going to do well on the SAT! When I took the PSAT in 11th grade, I got a 212 (high enough for National Merit in my state) and two months later I got 2120 on the SAT—the same score. When I took the SAT again the following fall, my score went up, but one of my friends with about the same score as me had hers go down a little! Your score IS more likely to go up if you study for it a bit, too. And it really shouldn’t drop too much from the PSAT to the SAT, if it does.
To give you an idea, maybe—College Board will now let you look at a more detailed score report online and they have this information:
Critical reading (800): “Among students with your critical reading score, 0% score higher on a second testing, 85% score lower, and 15% receive the same score. On average, a person with your score experiences a change of -42 points on a second testing.” (760 the year before: “Among students with your critical reading score, 34% score higher on a second testing, 58% score lower, and 8% receive the same score. On average, a person with your score experiences a change of -18 points on a second testing.”)
Writing (780): “Among students with your writing score, 15% score higher on a second testing, 77% score lower, and 8% receive the same score. On average, a person with your score experiences a change of -44 points on a second testing.”
My math score’s nowhere near the 99th percentile, lol, so that won’t tell you anything. That’s from SAT testing to SAT testing, though, not the PSAT—you’ll probably just have to take it and see! I’m sure you’ll do well, even if you don’t get in quite as high a percentile as you did on the PSAT. Good luck!
brag, brag, brag. you know you will do fine
Back when I took the SAT in 1995, I scored better on it than I did on the PSAT. That's been a while back, so maybe things have changed. Very good luck to you! Sounds like you'll do very well.
Yes, your score could drop a little (it is likely to when you get that high). But it won't drop that much.
No, you should be fine. They're pretty similar, although I would say the SAT is slightly harder. Watch out for that essay, that's where you'll deviate the most from the PSAT. Good luck!
You'll get close to the same. Just be weary of the essay, even though colleges don't weigh it heavily, it still matters. Anything 90th percentile and above is excellent.
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