User Guide

Search Criteria

Academic Performance

Grade Average

(Available in PSAT/NMSQT and SAT Searches only)
When you choose a grade average, you can select a range between two grades such as A+ to B-, etc., or an individual grade average, such as A-. Because grade average is reported by the students, it is helpful to select by SAT test scores, too, to get an objective measure of academic performance.
Grade average is not standard on Search outputs and you must submit a separate order form to distinguish between grade averages.

Rank in Class*

(Available in SAT Searches only) Students also report class rank to Search. If you choose both class rank and grade average, students who meet your criteria on one of these qualifiers will be on your list. Manipulations of both grade average and class rank can change the volume of names you receive. Tightening the ranges on these criteria reduces volume; expanding them increases volume.
Rank in class is not standard on Search outputs and you must submit a separate order form to isolate ranks.

*A “No Response” selection *only* pertains to SAT test-takers who chose not to answer the question; it will *not* include PSAT or AP test-takers, because they were never given an opportunity to answer the question.

College Board Exam Scores

You can select test score ranges only, not specific test scores, for SAT or PSAT/NMSQT, and grade ranges for AP Exams. Search offers ranges to protect the confidentiality of the student's actual test and examination scores.
Students' individual exam scores are not included in Search output

  • PSAT/NMSQT & SAT (Individual Test Scores) —

This option allows you to establish separate ranges for critical reading, math, and writing skill scores. If you ask for PSAT/NMSQT Critical Reading 40–80 (SAT 400–800), Math 40–80 (SAT 400–800), and Writing Skills 40–80 (SAT 400–800), your names will include only students who have earned at least 40 (SAT 400) points on each of the sections of the PSAT/NMSQT (SAT). To establish PSAT/NMSQT score ranges for option 1, specify a 4-point (SAT 40-point) minimum range between the low and the high scores.

  • PSAT/NMSQT & SAT (Combined CR+M) —

This option gives you a combined critical reading and math (CR + M) score range. No minimum range is required for this option. If you do not want specific critical reading and math scores, this is a good selection. If you specify a combined PSAT/NMSQT score range of 80-160 (SAT 800-1600), you are requesting students whose critical reading score plus math score equals at least 80 (SAT 800) points. This could be a Critical Reading 40 (SAT 400) and a Math 40 (SAT 400), for example, or a Math 30 (SAT 300) and a Critical Reading 50 (SAT 500). If you choose this option, your volume will be higher than if you choose individual test scores.

  • PSAT/NMSQT & SAT (Combined CR+M+W) —

This option lets you add the writing skills component to critical reading and math (CR + M + W). The National Merit Scholarship Corporation uses this formula as an initial screen of the large number of participants in its scholarship competitions. No minimum range is required for this option.

  • AP Exam Grades —

The AP credit policy at your school will determine the AP grade range you select. You can select AP grade ranges between 1 and 5, but the range must be at least one point apart—a low of 4 to a high of 5, etc.