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Understanding PSAT Scores

Question: On my PSAT I received 149 for my selection index. (My scores were 500 Verbal; 480 Math; 510 Writing.) But I don't understand how everyone says that means I got 1490 out of a possible 1600 points because you can get up to 800 for each section of the test which means it's 1490 out of 2400, right? Are my scores good?

You are correct when you note that a "perfect" PSAT score is 2400, not 1600 (that's if you add a zero to your total to compare it to the SAT scoring system). The PSAT scoring system, as explained by the College Board, is below:

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