Results from the PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9 are powerful tools for promoting college readiness and college planning, especially when they are explained to students and parents and shared with colleagues.
In the past, students’ PSAT/NMSQT paper score reports were received by schools approximately two months after the test. As we roll out the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT during the 2015-16 school year, the paper score reports will not be received until approximately three months after the test. We will, however, release results online around two months after the test. Results will be released to educators online one day prior to scores being released to students online. Students who have provided an email address on their answer sheet will be notified by email of the online release. Additionally, educators will be able to retrieve their students’ online access codes from the educator online reports.
The PSAT 10 and PSAT 8/9 score release will follow a similar pattern, but these scores will be released slightly more quickly than PSAT/NMSQT results.
Student Information Sessions
Scores will be released online and schools will receive one copy of each student's paper score report to share with them. However, without some context for understanding their reports, students may rush to look at their scores and stop there. We recommend setting up an information session for students that introduces the online score report and the free college and career planning tools they’ll find there.
Discuss the score report, its meaning, and its interpretation before you hand out individual reports and test books. Make sure to give students the test books they used. Learn more about score reports for the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 and the PSAT 8/9.
To help students understand the information without the distraction of their own scores, we’ll provide sample paper score reports and a demo of the online experience. As students will have online access to their scores very soon after you do, consider hosting your information sessions before scores are released.
My College QuickStart
Online score reports will no longer be called My College QuickStart, but students will still have access to a robust online reporting portal that will expand to include scores from all the tests in the SAT Suite of Assessments. Students will interact with their score report, filtering test questions by difficulty and skill and viewing complete answer explanations.
The portal will also connect students to:
- Personalized SAT study — based on their test results — on the Khan Academy website
- AP Potential™ feedback
- A personality profiler that suggests majors and careers to explore
- College Search and Major and Career Search on BigFuture
To guarantee that parents see scores and can discuss them with their children, some schools copy the paper score report and mail it to parents, along with a letter of explanation. If parents have questions about the test results, they can bring their copy when they meet with school personnel. The College Board will continue to provide materials that support communication with parents.
Helping your colleagues view, understand, and analyze test results is getting easier. There’s no limit to the number of users at your school, district, or state who can access the integrated online reporting portal.