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My 11th Grader Did Well on the SAT. Does Anyone Care About His PSAT Scores Now?

CCEdit_TorreyCCEdit_Torrey Editor Posts: 113 Editor
If you're happy with your junior-year SAT score, does it even matter what your PSAT scores look like? The Dean investigates. https://www.collegeconfidential.com/articles/my-11th-grader-did-well-on-the-sat-does-anyone-care-about-his-psat-scores-now/

Replies to: My 11th Grader Did Well on the SAT. Does Anyone Care About His PSAT Scores Now?

  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 72,161 Senior Member
    The answer is National Merit scholarships.
  • menloparkmommenloparkmom Registered User Posts: 12,627 Senior Member
    edited December 2
    "If you're happy with your junior-year SAT score, does it even matter what your PSAT scores look like? "
    In this day and age when so many CC parents and students are trying to figure out how to find the $$ to pay for college, how could a CC editor NOT know about the National Merit Scholarship Foundation, which , along with it's hundreds of sponsoring members, offer scholarships to qualifying students whose PSAT scores were in the top %?

    https://www.nationalmerit.org/s/1758/interior.aspx?sid=1758&gid=2&pgid=424
  • Sunny66Sunny66 Registered User Posts: 249 Junior Member
    @menloparkmom "how could a CC editor NOT know about the National Merit Scholarship Foundation, which , along with it's hundreds of sponsoring members, offer scholarships to qualifying students whose PSAT scores were in the top %?"

    The editor knows. That is why she cited the article that she did, which discussed the National Merit Scholarship.
  • evergreen5evergreen5 Registered User Posts: 1,143 Senior Member
    edited December 2
    For some students, there may be one additional reason to care about the PSAT: the National Hispanic Recognition Program.
    https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/scholarships-and-recognition/national-hispanic-recognition-program
    Who’s Invited to Apply
    The College Board reaches out to students who:

    Take the PSAT/NMSQT in October of their junior year
    Are at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino
    Achieve the minimum required PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index score (this qualifying level may vary by state, region, and territory each year)
    Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher by the middle of their junior year
    Good to Know
    You need to identify as Hispanic/Latino on your PSAT/NMSQT answer sheet where it asks for race and ethnicity.
    Only junior-year PSAT/NMSQT scores count. SAT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9 scores can’t be used.

    NHRP's Definition of Hispanic/Latino
    To be eligible, you must be at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino. Hispanic/Latino is an ethnic category, not a racial category, so you can be of any race.

    You must have ancestors from at least one of these countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, or Venezuela.
  • ColoradomamaColoradomama Registered User Posts: 1,932 Senior Member
    PSAT scores are used in Colorado as a criteria for the full ride Boettcher Scholars.
    Many universities count National Merit Finalist as a NATIONAL award, so be sure to list that on every college application.
  • EmpireappleEmpireapple Registered User Posts: 1,127 Senior Member
    Nobody cares about the PSAT except those who are National Merit Scholars.
  • CupCakeMuffinsCupCakeMuffins Registered User Posts: 630 Member
    edited December 6
    Not only it matters for merit money but NMS lists as a national level academic award on your resume. Unless you are URM, athlete or some special case with full aid or have money for full pay, it would matter.

    You are in Montana, for someone with good SAT and GPA, making cut shouldn't be difficult, unless SAT was a fluke.
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