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How much do PSAT's REALLY count?

Steveo68Steveo68 Posts: 176Registered User Junior Member
I'm a hs junior. Alot of the kids at my hs, an elite private school in CA are studying very hard for PSAT's in October. Most of them have the goal of achieving National Merit Scholar status. I was wondering how much emphasis colleges put on PSAT scores. Obviously not as much as SAT's, but how much do you think being a National Merit Scholar helps?

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Replies to: How much do PSAT's REALLY count?

  • Classof08Classof08 Posts: 437Registered User Member
    unless you get around 220/240 on the psats and make semi-finalist, its pretty much useless
  • LuckMC11LuckMC11 Posts: 807Registered User Member
    actually its like getting a score with the top 5 percent in your state on the PSAT
  • stupakstupak Posts: 1,084Registered User Senior Member
    Colleges absolutely do not care about your PSAT scores. They might take into account (though very minimally) the fact that you make National Merit Commendation/Semifinalist/Finalist, but the actual PSAT scores- they could care less.
  • worried_momworried_mom Posts: 2,205Registered User Senior Member
    It is true that colleges do not consider PSAT scores at all during the admissions process. HOWEVER, most colleges -- with the exception of the few super-elite schools like the Ivies, Stanford, MIT -- do take note of the National Merit semi-finalist/finalist designation. (And some colleges also look more favorably upon NM Commended students as well). There is a large number of schools that actively seek out NM semifinalists/finalists -- and some even give sizeable automatic scholarships to them. (There are several threads listing these schools on CC.) Schools like to boast of the number of NM Scholars attending.
  • LuckMC11LuckMC11 Posts: 807Registered User Member
    i didn't know that the Ivies let people use scholarship money, i thought u had 2 pay the full tuition if you wanted 2 get in, even if u had $10,000 in scholarship money (i just heard from a few people so idk if its true)
  • CC ArticlesCC Articles Posts: 32,210- Senior Member
    It's just a hype. But, preparing for the PSAT prepares you for the SAT. So why not give it all you got?
  • MallomarCookieMallomarCookie Posts: 3,181Registered User Senior Member
    OK let me clear up some misconceptions:

    If you are one of 2500 people to win the $2500 National Merit Scholarship, you can use it at ANY school (Ivy or not) to pay your tuition.
    If you are a finalist, some schools give you money. Ivies don't.
  • LuckMC11LuckMC11 Posts: 807Registered User Member
    ooo...thanks for clearing that up mallomar :cool:
  • shades_childrenshades_children Posts: 2,206Registered User Senior Member
    In my opinion, the only reason to study for the PSATs is to increase your score so you can make it to Finalist standing. I'll admit, I didn't study at all, but being a Finalist probably helped me a bit with getting into college. A little scholarship money doesn't hurt, either.
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