• January 2016

    Compass Education Group has provided the following information regarding PSAT scores:

    Technical difficulties aside, PSAT scores are ostensibly available today for counselors and tomorrow for students. Many students have already received scores directly from counselors. As anticipated, we are fielding questions today about how to use PSAT scores to gauge which test - SAT or ACT - is the better fit.

    While the College Board has provided preliminary concordance tables that compare new PSAT scores to old ones, no official comparative context exists yet for the ACT. The first synthetic iteration is expected by May 2016.   

    Meanwhile, many juniors need to finalize testing decisions very soon. So my partners and I have analyzed available research and concordances to create a comparison tool you can use right away with any of your juniors who took a practice ACT this fall. The graphic below illustrates the simplest takeaway of a reasonable comparison of P/SAT to ACT.

    PSAT v ACT

    And this blog article includes a full comparison table with additional details. We’ve kept this user-friendly and invite you to share it as-is or cut-and-paste whatever you find most useful.


    According to the College Board, the best preparation for the SAT - and for college - is for students to take challenging academic courses and to read and write widely



    Last updated by Sheila R Souder on 01/07/2016.