Do Colleges Look At PSAT Scores? The Truth About The PSAT!
- Critical Reading Skills
- Math Problem Solving Skills
- Writing Skills
You will receive a score in each section that will be added up together to form your overall PSAT score. So, how do you use the PSAT scores and what are they even for? Well, the test is developed to do a couple main things: First, it measures your ability and give you an idea of what areas you need to brush up on before taking the actual SAT tests. And secondly, the PSAT is also associated with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and if a student does well enough on the test, he or she could qualify themselves as a National Merit Finalist which could have some scholarship money associated with it. But don’t get your hopes up yet. Only a very select group of students do well enough on the test to gain “finalist” status and then get awarded scholarship money. If you don’t win a scholarship, just becoming “commended” or a finalist goes a long way with college admission and looks very good on your transcript. So, do college look at PSAT scores. The answer to that is NO, absolutely not. When you apply to the college of your choice, you will be sending in an application, any recommendation letters or essays (if they ask for them) and an official high school transcript. The ONLY way they can see a PSAT score is if it’s listed on your transcript. If it is, you can have it removed but 99% of high schools across the country do not list this score on an official transcript. Once you take the actual SAT, those scores can be sent to the colleges, but again: If you don’t want them sent you can have them removed from you transcript before applying for college admission.
By E. Thomas