Does the PSAT matter to go to college?

Matt Larriva
Mar 19, 2020

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.

Originally Answered: Are PSAT scores still as important to colleges as they used to be? If not, should one still take the test?