PSAT 8/9

How to Make Your Scores Work for You

You took the PSAT 8/9 this year, but why does it matter?

  • Your scores give you a baseline of your college readiness

  • You have experienced the “feel” of the PSAT and SAT so you know what to expect.

  • You have access to free, personalized, and focused practice through Khan Academy®

  • You have an additional tool to help you find additional AP® courses to consider.

Why does the PSAT/NMSQT Matter?

You'll take the PSAT/NMSQT as a Sophomore and as a Junior and there are many benefits to taking this test both years.

  • Prepares you for the SAT®

  • Access to free, personalized, and focused practice through Khan Academy®

  • Access to college and career planning tools

  • Discover AP® courses that might be a good choice

  • Receive admission & financial aid information from colleges

  • Enter the National Merit Scholarship Program

Why Does the SAT Matter?

You'll take the SAT in the Spring of your Junior year as an NISD student. But you can take the SAT more than once if you want to. Another college admissions exam you might want to consider taking is the ACT. Most colleges will take either test in the admissions process.

  • The SAT is used by most colleges and universities as one element of its admissions process.

  • SAT scores help level the playing field where GPAs don’t tell the whole story. SAT scores are an across-the-board measure, where every kid takes a test that is comparable to the test every other kid took.

  • The SAT is useful beyond admissions; data show that SAT scores are important predictors of student retention to the second year and as a strategy to intervene academically for students at-risk for departure.

College Readiness Benchmarks

Compare your scores to the chart below. Where do you fall in terms of college readiness? Don't worry if you aren't hitting a benchmark quite yet. That's the great thing about taking the PSAT a couple of times. You can look at your score report, figure out what you need to work on and create a plan. When you take the PSAT or the SAT the next time, if you've stuck to you plan, you will see yourself getting closer to that benchmark.
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How Do I Access My Scores?

  1. Log in to existing your College Board account or create a new one at
  2. Select the scores you want to view
  3. Use “Missing Scores” to locate scores.

Click here for detailed directions on Understanding your PSAT 8/9 Results.

If you need help accessing your account, call or email College Board:

PSAT-Related Assessments (PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9)


What Are My Next Steps?

  • Take challenging courses in high school. Even taking one AP or Dual Credit course can have a significant impact on your growth.

  • Link scores with Khan Academy for personalized learning.

  • Use MajorClarity and other resources to research and prepare for college

  • Set up a practice plan and stick to it – learn more about the National Merit Scholarship Program!

  • Take the PSAT every time it is offered at school and try your best every time. This will help you discover what areas you need to work on.

  • Take the SAT in the Spring of your Junior year of high school.

  • Read! Reading will help you understand the written word better and improve your vocabulary.

Linking Your College Board Account to Khan Academy®

Linking your College Board account and Khan Academy will help you know what skills you need to practice in order to get better. Practicing just 20 minutes a day can have a big impact on your next PSAT or SAT test.

Step 1: Log in or create a Khan Academy Account
Step 2: When prompted; agree to link your Khan Academy and College Board account. You will then be directed to
Step 3: Sign in or create a College Board Account
Step 4: When prompted; hit “send” to authorize the account linking
Step 5: Start practicing on Official SAT practice on Khan Academy!

Khan Academy restricts accounts for students under the age of 13 to help protect their privacy and to help ensure that the content is appropriate for their age. Visit for more informaiton.

PSAT 8/9: How to Make Your Scores Work for You
Parent webinar recording from January 13, 2021.