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2300 SAT and 201 PSAT....

bart2385bart2385 Posts: 327Registered User Member
edited December 2011 in College Admissions
I got a 2300 on my SAT but only a 201 on my PSAT (I'm a Junior)... would any boosts from being a NMSF be included (in a sense) with the 2300 score? 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.
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Replies to: 2300 SAT and 201 PSAT....

  • entomomentomom Posts: 23,658Registered User Senior Member
    Except for the schools that offer merit aid for NM, you haven't lost anything. It's the SAT that really counts, congrats!
  • papertank487papertank487 Posts: 115Registered User Junior Member
    Well if EVERYTHING else between you and another applicant was equal besides your PSAT score then the higher score would probably win, but in reality PSAT score is a microscopic part of admissions.
  • glassesarechicglassesarechic Posts: 5,481Registered User Senior Member
    Well if EVERYTHING else between you and another applicant was equal besides your PSAT score then the higher score would probably win, but in reality PSAT score is a microscopic part of admissions.

    Uh...no. PSAT doesn't matter except for NM. And NM honestly doesn't matter at the most competitive schools. A tip: if the school doesn't offer NM scholarships, they don't care about the honor. And no school cares about the score itself, just NM--yes, even though it varies by state.
  • PancakedPancaked Posts: 2,942Registered User Senior Member
    "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.
  • hischoolstudenthischoolstudent Posts: 233Registered User Junior Member
    i got a 2340 and 220 (and still didnt get NMSF), so not different in our case
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