Do PSAT scores really matter?

Questions from the quad

This section answers questions posed to Jill, our WMHS College Counselor, by WMS families. Feel free to submit questions related to college admissions to Jill here.

Q: Do PSAT scores really matter?
A: PSAT scores offer students an opportunity to experience a lengthy standardized test similar in format to an official SAT. Scores can inform teachers and students on areas of strength and challenge. Primarily PSAT scores serve to evaluate juniors for the National Merit Scholarship.
It is anticipated that juniors in Washington will need to earn a selection index over 222 to be eligible to enter the NMS scholarship. NMS results will be available in September.