Results from the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 are powerful tools for promoting college readiness and college planning, especially when explained to students and parents and shared with colleagues.
Score Release Schedule
Scores for the 2015 PSAT/NMSQT will be available online about two months after test day. Schools will receive paper score reports about a month later.
The College Board will email students an access code to view their online score reports. Educators will have access to online scores one day before students. They’ll also be able to look up access codes for students who didn’t provide an email address when they took the test.
The PSAT 10 score release will follow a similar pattern, but those scores will be released slightly more quickly than PSAT/NMSQT results.
Best Practices for Sharing Results
More on Scores
Learn more about score reports for the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10.
Student Information Sessions
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.
Since students will have online access to their scores very soon after you do, consider hosting your information session before scores are released.
Discuss the score report, its meaning, and its interpretation before you hand out individual test books. To help students understand the information without the distraction of their own scores, we’ll provide a demo of the online experience. This sample paper score report is also available:
Explains the sections of the paper student score report. Can be used as a guide for reviewing the score report with students.
When you hand out test books, make sure to give students the ones they used.
Online score reports will no longer be called My College QuickStart, but students will have access to a new, robust online reporting portal that will expand to include scores from all the tests in the SAT Suite of Assessments.
Students can interact with their score report, filtering test questions by difficulty and skill and viewing complete answer explanations. Be sure to show students how they can use their results to get free, personalized SAT study suggestions on the Khan Academy® platform.
Since the College Board does not send score reports to parents, some schools copy paper score reports and mail them to parents, along with a letter of explanation. If they have questions about their child’s test results, parents can bring their copy when they meet with an educator. 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.
These downloads provide in-depth guidance on interpreting and learning from test results:
Guidance for teachers on interpreting student scores, monitoring progress, and making connections to instruction and curriculum.
Understand the reports and data provided by the SAT Suite.
A facilitator's guide to Module 6.