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The redesigned PSAT/NMSQT and the PSAT 10 report total scores, section scores, test scores, cross-test scores, and subscores on a common score scale shared by all assessments in the SAT Suite of Assessments.

Vertical Score Scale

The vertical score scale will help educators and students monitor growth across grades and identify areas in need of improvement. This level of feedback will help both students and educators engage in the best possible practice for future assessments: strong classroom work and instruction. The PSAT/NMSQT and the PSAT 10 have score ranges midway between those of the PSAT 8/9 and SAT.

New Score Structure

The new scores will provide an enhanced profile of students’ knowledge, skills, and understandings as well as early feedback on students’ college and career readiness. They help students and educators pinpoint areas for development. Learn more about cross-test scores and subscores.

PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 Score Ranges
PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10 Score Reported Details Score Range
Total score

Sum of the two section scores.


Section scores (2)

Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Math.


Test scores (3)

Reading, Writing and Language, and Math.


Cross-test scores (2)

Analysis in History/Social Studies and Analysis in Science. Based on selected questions in the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Tests.


Subscores (7)

Reading and Writing and Language: Command of Evidence and Words in Context. Writing and Language: Expression of Ideas and Standard English Conventions. Math: Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving and Data Analysis, and Passport to Advanced Math.