PSAT - National Merit

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Discus: SAT/ACT Tests and Test Preparation: October 2003 Archive: PSAT - National Merit
By Louman226 (Louman226) on Saturday, October 11, 2003 - 05:05 pm: Edit

How well do you usually have to do on the PSAT to be a national merit commended scholar, semifinalist, finalist, etc.?

By Thepiskickass (Thepiskickass) on Saturday, October 11, 2003 - 05:24 pm: Edit

I think semifinalist cutoff in CA is usually around 210-220

By Curiousone (Curiousone) on Saturday, October 11, 2003 - 08:16 pm: Edit

Semifinalist/Finalist designations are not determined by PSAT scores. Everyone above a certain score, depending on the state (MA at about 222 or 223 or so is typically the highest cutoff), is awarded semifinalist status. Then you have to fill out a National Merit application to be considered as a finalist.

Commended is determined nationally and typically the cutoff is a few points above or below 200.

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