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The PSAT Counselor Toolkit

By November 16, 2023PSAT, SAT

On November 6th and 16th, College Board released digital PSAT scores to students. Compass has created The PSAT Counselor Toolkit to help counselors make the most of the test results. This downloadable suite of resources:

  • Quickly translates all students’ PSAT scores into concordant ACT scores
  • Helps identify students’ testing preferences: SAT or ACT
  • Provides estimated National Merit Semifinalist cutoffs for the class of 2025
  • Offers guidance on practice test solutions for your families

The full Toolkit can be downloaded as a zip file. You are also welcome to download any of the individual pieces. Simply click on the button beneath an item’s description.


PSAT / ACT Concordance and Recommendations

An Excel sheet for counselors that will 1) translate all students’ PSAT scores into concordant ACT scores and 2) identify potential testing preferences: SAT or ACT.

National Merit Semifinalist Cutoffs

A document that lists the estimated Commended and Semifinalist cutoffs for the class of 2025, provides analysis of the October 2023 PSAT results, and includes the historical cutoffs. Also available on our blog HERE.


Using PSAT Scores to Compare SAT and ACT

A visual aid that allows students to chart their PSAT performance against ACT scores to determine which college admission test they should favor. Some students see clear differences, while others fall in the judgment call range and will weigh the practical and subjective factors that impact testing decisions. Also available on our blog HERE.

PSAT & SAT Percentiles

A handout that links test scores and percentiles across the SAT Suite of Assessments — 10th grade PSAT, 11th grade PSAT/NMSQT, and SAT — so that parents and students can understand the relationship between score growth and percentile rank on each subsequent exam. Also available on our blog HERE

Note that the percentiles listed are as of 2022. We will update this document as soon as College Board has released the current PSAT/NMSQT percentiles.


ACT Practice Tests at Your School

A description of our no-cost practice test options for schools. Having completed the PSAT, many students are curious about their performance on the ACT. Practice tests provide a way for students to make a comparison without the expense or commitment of an official sitting.



Should you have PSAT-related questions that require further elaboration, please contact our office and ask to speak with Matty Steiner, Senior Director of Outreach. Matty can be reached at: 800.685.6986 and matty@compassprep.com

Matty Steiner

Prior to joining Compass, Matty obtained their MA from the University of Chicago and a BA from UC Santa Cruz. They have over a decade of experience in the field of test preparation, having worked as an instructor, consultant, and keynote speaker on the topic of admission testing.


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