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

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Question: My 11th grader took the SAT in early November and we were pleasantly surprised with his scores. His test tutor said he was glad to see the scores but he's also eager to see the PSAT scores, which will be out this month. I'm confused -- why should we care how he did on the PSAT now that he has already done well on the SAT?

Colleges don't use the PSAT as part of the admissions process, and the college folks won't even see these scores at all unless your son's high school puts them on his transcript. Thus, “The Dean's" best guess is that your son's tutor is eager to see the results because high scores might make your son a contender for a National Merit scholarship.

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