(For the PSAT administered in Oct. 2010 with NMSF notifications in Aug./Sept. 2011 for the graduating class of 2012)
Because National Merit doesn't post a list of cutoff scores by state, people on this site have traditionally posted data here. NMSC usually notifies in late August and news should be coming soon. Because highs schools are highly idiosyncratic about contacting their student semi-finalists, it would be great if everyone would update the score under their state to compile a list for the individuals who won't know about their status for several more weeks.
You can feel free to edit the list yourself. Or simply post your information and rely on others to edit it in.
* If you have been notified that you are NMSF, post your score (and your state) if it is lower than the score already posted for your state. It will then become the lowest know qualifying score and be indicated as "<=".
* If you have reliable knowledge of what the qualifying score for your state is (try asking whoever notifies you!), post it here, too. It will become the definitive cut-off score for your state indicated by "=".
* Finally, if you know that you did not qualify and had a reasonably high score, it can also be useful to post your score as an example of the highest non-qualifying score. This can be indicated by ">="
Be conscientious as you post scores on this thread--it would be crushing to be led to believe you have made the cutoff by a post but actually haven't. But everyone should be tolerant of mistakes, too. This is an unofficial source of information derived from a collaborative process and is not, therefore, guaranteed.
2011 cut-off thread http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/national-merit-scholarships/986427-cut-off-scores-semi-finalist-announcements.html
2010 cut-off thread http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/sat-act-tests-test-preparation/696125-psat-scores-national-merit-semifinalists-2009-h-s-class-2010-a.html
2009 cut-off thread http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/sat-act-tests-test-preparation/554901-psat-cutoff-scores-2008-national-merit-semifinalists-h-s-09-a.html
2008 cut-off thread http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/sat-act-tests-test-preparation/385453-official-national-merit-semifinalist-cutoff-scores-2007-a.html
2007 and prior cut-offs http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/2993607-post662.html
Here is the number to call--the receptionist will give you one "qualifying score" when asked. These will be available in mid-September after the press-release date.
National Merit Scholarship Corporation
1560 Sherman Avenue
Evanston, Illinois 60201-4897
Main Telephone: (847) 866-5100
Main Fax: (847) 866-5113
Remaining states that need to be finalized:
AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA,
ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MN, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND,
OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY
Updating <states updated>
AL=? (post #?, per GC/NMSC/other)
10(?) Boarding school regions
No scores reported yet.
These usually are set to be equal to the highest cut-off score among the individual states in the region.
This usually is set to be equal to the highest cut-off score among all the individual states.
Commended (national cutoff) = 201
Any person with a score equal to or higher than this cutoff who is not a NMSF receives commended status. This group represents the highest 50,000 scorers.