Does the PSAT matter to go to college?

Matt Larriva
Mar 19, 2020
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I’m not sure I agree with the premise: do you have evidence that PSATs used to be very important to colleges?

I’ve never been under the impression that they’re important to colleges unless you achieve National Merit status.

In some cases, taking the PSAT and doing well can get you letters from top schools inviting you to apply, but these are fairly inconsequential.

I would posit that no one should be taking the PSAT, and I’ve written why in a number of places, but this is a good summary why the PSAT isn’t worth the prep.

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Will you get accepted?

Calculate your chances of acceptance at 1,500+ schools based on GPA, test scores, and even extracurriculars on CollegeVine.

Calculate your chances

Further, I would suggest reading our guide on the PSAT and NMSQ Scores to help you better gauge their importance to you or your child’s journey to their dream school. You may also be interested in one of our article on How To Get Into The Ivy League, should your student desire to apply to elite schools.