Thursday, August 30, 2012

Do Colleges See my PSAT Score?

 Do colleges see your PSAT scores? 

Yes. If you do well. You can also request to report your PSAT scores if you score well enough to be commended as a National Merit Semi- finalist. Basically, colleges hear about you for the first time if you perform well on this test. Otherwise, they hear nothing until you actually apply....Colleges don't care about a low PSAT score. They care about a high one because that probably means you will do very well on the SAT. 

There is this huge misconception that the PSAT is not important, that no one will ever see or know your scores. Even other test prep companies and school guidance counselors mis lead you to believe this, and it couldn't be farther from the truth. 

When you do well on your PSAT, colleges know!  Your score is not hidden in some secret database, opened only with a master lock and key.

I've seen a number of Kweller Prep students receive letters of praise from top colleges, based strictly off their PSAT scores. The letter sounds something like this: 

"Dear Krystle, based on your outstanding PSAT score, we at Harvard University invite you to apply to our fine college. We are going to waive the application fee based on your PSAT score. We know, just because you did so well on your PSAT, that you will probably do super well on your SAT, and we will likely want you as our student. We wish you continued success in your endeavors." 

More formally, colleges may send you a letter that sounds like this: 

"Your PSAT results and self-reported GPA tell us that you’re a great candidate for admission."

No such letter usually means no high score. It's like the fancy lexis car is coming to you !!! It's saying, here, you have proven yourself, and now you can have me on a discount !!!

Also some high schools put high PSAT scores on student transcripts for colleges to see. 

Look, the bottom line is that in this economy, you should encourage your child to do everything he or she can to save your precious dollars on exorbitant university tuitions.

Having a good PSAT score can really open doors. It can put you a step above the rest, making your child eligible for millions of dollars in preliminary national merit scholarships. 

About the PSAT: 

The PSAT/NMSQTis administered by the College Board, a non-profit company. Students are eligible for millions of dollars in National Merit scholarships if they perform well on this exam. 

The 2012 PSAT test dates are scheduled for Wednesday, October 17 and Saturday, October 20. 

For more information on these scholarships, see:

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