Does the PSAT Matter?

July 14, 2013 - 4:02am

If you're a rising junior, there's a good chance you'll be taking the PSAT in the fall. But how much does the PSAT actually matter? It is, after all, a practice test, right? The bottom line is that, yes, the PSAT is a practice test and your PSAT scores will have little or no bearing on whether or not you get accepted or rejected by a college. That said, the PSAT does matter. For one, it tells you how much preparation you need to do for the SAT to get the kind of scores you're likely to need to get into your top choice colleges. You may find your scores are already on target for admission, or you might find that you'd be wise to take some practice tests and beef up your test-taking skills before sitting for the SAT. Even more significant, PSAT scores are used to award National Merit Scholarships, and many colleges and corporations also use the scores for awarding scholarships. A high PSAT score can put thousands of dollars in your pocket. Finally, you'll find that a couple months after you take the PSAT, college brochures start showing up in your mailbox. Your PSAT information is used by colleges to identify students who might be a good match for them. From PSAT score time until applications come due your senior year, admissions officers around the country are going to do their best to get you to take a close look at their schools. Learn more in this article on the PSAT. To get a sense of typical SAT scores for some top colleges, these articles can help: What's a Good SAT Score? SAT Scores for the Ivy League SAT Scores for the University of California System SAT Scores for Top Public Universities More SAT Score Charts Does the PSAT Matter? originally appeared on College Admissions: U.S. on Sunday, July 14th, 2013 at 08:02:02.Permalink | Comment | Email this

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