"I guess what I'm trying to know is, are my chances any different than a kid who got a 2300 on the SAT and a 220 on the PSAT (NMSF)? Thanks."
Yes, the NMSF has a better chance. For some reason, NMSF status carries weight. No idea why colleges care about it at all, but they do appear to like it. Even if your true SAT would have qualified you, it's just not the same. Number of NMFs is a stat every school tracks.
And as mentioned above, it's less significant at top schools. Schools like Bama really pride themselves on the number of NMFs they recruit. In fact, you'll see a lot of schools bragging about their NMF recruitment ranking. But it doesn't mean as much to top 20 schools. They get a ton of NMFs, but not because they're seeking them out, just because their applicant pool is high-scoring in general.
Last edited by Pancaked; 12-29-2011 at 07:28 PM.