Should HS Juniors Create College Lists Based on PSAT Scores?


If you're a high school junior, you probably received your PSAT scores back last month and you've pored over the results. It's a good time to take a careful look at where you scored well and where you can improve -- but whether these scores should be used in the process of creating your college list is a question that may not have a quick "yes" or "no" answer.

Remember: Scoring high on the PSAT when you are a junior is important if you're trying to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship program. Even if you don't end up winning money from the program, you may still end up with a Letter of Commendation, which you should definitely include in your college essays and applications, and which can earn you “special scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses."

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