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2300 SAT and 201 PSAT....

bart2385bart2385 Registered User Posts: 327 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 Registered User Posts: 23,662 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 Registered User Posts: 115 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 Registered User Posts: 5,487 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 Registered User Posts: 3,355 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 Registered User Posts: 233 Junior Member
    i got a 2340 and 220 (and still didnt get NMSF), so not different in our case
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