JayInChicago November 17, 2014 Share November 17, 2014 i don't know exactly how it was when Rory took them, but when I had taken the PSATs in 1996, they were out of 80 each (like the regular SAT was out of 800.) So scores in the 70s (or 700s as Rory reports it) are very, very good. It seems she should have had a writing test as well, as the wikipedia page on the PSATs says a writing skills section was added in 1997. So her score should have had three subsections of up to 80/800 in the show points each, for a total of 240. It seems 215 total is the average nation wide to qualify for National Merit Scholarship (which is one of the PSAT's purposes)--though it does vary by state, and perhaps Connecticut would have a higher average. But let's figure that Rory had a 74, a 76, and another 74 for the writing skills section--giving her a total of 224, which would easily put her in the top 99th percentile in her state and thus a National Merit Scholar. Link to comment
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