The PSAT has no impact on college applications. The PSAT is merely a practice to the SAT. The SAT score can impact the chance you have to be accepted by colleges you apply to. Your SAT score can serve as a guide for the colleges you can apply to depending on the range of scores they accept. Certain colleges do not require you submit your SAT scores, however, if you do submit it can lead to higher scholarships. I know they have changed the scoring system since I took it but as I recall you can take them multiple times. The PSATs are also great at preparing you for what the SAT will be like so you shouldn't be too concerned. Keep in mind your SAT score is only a portion of your college application so don't stress too much!
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Thank you for your question. It's totally understandable that you are both excited and confused about college and college prep. There is a lot to learn over the next few years and it will start to make sense soon. As the previous answers state, the PSAT is a good practice run for the SAT. When its time to take the SAT, there are plenty of ways to prepare. There are courses available locally and nationally as well as many different study aids like books, flash cards, computer programs, and other resources. The PSAT can help you qualify for certain scholarships and other honors. It is not the end all be all for scholarships. There are many out there that do not require PSAT scores. In short, don't worry about the PSAT's. You have bigger fish to fry with keeping your grades up and eventually taking the SAT. Good luck with all your endeavors!
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Angela D.’s Answer
I will preface by saying to remember that these standardized tests will not define who you will be or what you will do in the future. Take it from me, I DID NOT do well on the SATs and I didn't know what I would do without good scores because that is all I was told. Currently, I am finishing my last year of veterinary school and will soon graduate with my doctorates in veterinary medicine. Its been a long time coming, and let me tell you that my SAT scores did not affect any choice or decision I made to becoming a doctor. The SAT, sure, will help distinguish a path for college, but it does not define what you dream of doing. Prepare, study hard, and breathe! Keep pushing through because you will be great!
If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask!