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National Merit Semifinalist Qualify Scores -- Class of 2012

DescarteszDescartesz Posts: 1,738Registered User Senior Member
edited September 2012 in National Merit Scholarships
(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 ">="

Please note: 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.

Previous threads:
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
Suite 200
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)
AK=?
AZ=?
AR=?
CA=?
CO=?
CT=?
DE=?
DC=?
FL=?
GA=?
HI=?
ID=?
IL=?
IN=?
IA=?
KS=?
KY=?
LA=?
ME=?
MD=?
MA=?
MI=?
MN=?
MS=?
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=?

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.

Internationals=?
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.
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Replies to: National Merit Semifinalist Qualify Scores -- Class of 2012

  • dramadaddramadad Posts: 185Registered User Junior Member
    No numbers to report yet, but I had to call NMF about another issue, and the lady I spoke to mentioned the notifications for semifinalists are going out in the mail today to the schools. I tried to get her to tell me my state's score, but she said she was not allowed to do so and wouldn't budge. Good luck to everyone.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 60,395Registered User Senior Member
    Here are the cutoffs for the last few years.....

    National Merit Scholarships


    Qualifying Scores for the Class of 2011 National Merit Semifinalists:
    Alabama 210
    Alaska 214
    Arizona 209
    Arkansas 203
    California 219
    Colorado 212
    Connecticut 219
    Delaware 215
    District of Columbia 223
    Florida 210
    Georgia 215
    Hawaii 215
    Idaho 208
    Illinois 214
    Indiana 212
    Iowa 209
    Kansas 211
    Kentucky 208
    Louisiana 210
    Maine 213
    Maryland 220
    Massachusetts 223
    Michigan 209
    Minnesota 213
    Mississippi 205
    Missouri 210
    Montana 208
    Nebraska 210
    Nevada 208
    New Hampshire 214
    New Jersey 221
    New Mexico 206
    New York 217
    North Carolina 214
    North Dakota 202
    Ohio 212
    Oklahoma 206
    Oregon 215
    Pennsylvania 216
    Rhode Island 211
    South Carolina 208
    South Dakota 205
    Tennessee 212
    Texas 215
    Utah 203
    Vermont 212
    Virginia 218
    Washington 218
    West Virginia 202
    Wisconsin 209
    Wyoming 202
    Commended 201
    International 223
    New England Boarding Schools 223

    Qualifying Scores for the Class of 2010 National Merit Semifinalists:
    Alabama 208
    Alaska 211
    Arizona 210
    Arkansas 203
    California 218
    Colorado 213
    Connecticut 218
    Delaware 219
    District of Columbia 221
    Florida 211
    Georgia 214
    Hawaii 214
    Idaho 209
    Illinois 214
    Indiana 211
    Iowa 209
    Kansas 211
    Kentucky 209
    Louisiana 207
    Maine 213
    Maryland 221
    Massachusetts 221
    Michigan 209
    Minnesota 215
    Mississippi 203
    Missouri 211
    Montana 204
    Nebraska 207
    Nevada 202
    New Hampshire 213
    New Jersey 221
    New Mexico 208
    New York 218
    North Carolina 214
    North Dakota 202
    Ohio 211
    Oklahoma 207
    Oregon 213
    Pennsylvania 214
    Rhode Island 217
    South Carolina 211
    South Dakota 205
    Tennessee 213
    Texas 216
    Utah 206
    Vermont 213
    Virginia 218
    Washington 217
    West Virginia 203
    Wisconsin 207
    Wyoming 201
    New England/Mid Atlantic Boarding Schools 221
    Commended 201
    International 221

    Qualifying scores for the Class of 2009 National Merit Semifinalists:
    Alabama 209
    Alaska 212
    Arizona 209
    Arkansas 204
    California 217
    Colorado 213
    Connecticut 218
    Delaware 219
    District of Columbia 221
    Florida 211
    Georgia 215
    Hawaii 216
    Idaho 208
    Illinois 214
    Indiana 213
    Iowa 210
    Kansas 211
    Kentucky 209
    Louisiana 208
    Maine 212
    Maryland 220
    Massachusetts 221
    Michigan 209
    Minnesota 214
    Mississippi 201
    Missouri 213
    Montana 208
    Nebraska 206
    Nevada 206
    New Hampshire 211
    New Jersey 220
    New Mexico 209
    New York 216
    North Carolina 215
    North Dakota 201
    Ohio 213
    Oklahoma 208
    Oregon 213
    Pennsylvania 213
    Rhode Island 213
    South Carolina 212
    South Dakota 205
    Tennessee 213
    Texas 215
    Utah 203
    Vermont 213
    Virginia 219
    Washington 217
    West Virginia 203
    Wisconsin 210
    Wyoming 201
    International 221
    U.S. Territories 201

    Qualifying Scores for the Class of 2008 National Merit Semifinalists:
    Alabama 209
    Alaska 213
    Arizona 211
    Arkansas 201
    California 218
    Colorado 213
    Connecticut 217
    Delaware 219
    District of Columbia 223
    Florida 212
    Georgia 214
    Hawaii 213
    Idaho 204
    Illinois 213
    Indiana 213
    Iowa 209
    Kansas 212
    Kentucky 208
    Louisiana 206
    Maine 211
    Maryland 221
    Massachusetts 223
    Michigan 209
    Minnesota 213
    Mississippi 202
    Missouri 211
    Montana 207
    Nebraska 207
    Nevada 208
    New Hampshire 215
    New Jersey 221
    New Mexico 208
    New York 219
    North Carolina 214
    North Dakota 202
    Ohio 211
    Oklahoma 207
    Oregon 213
    Pennsylvania 214
    Rhode Island 212
    South Carolina 210
    South Dakota 203
    Tennessee 213
    Texas 215
    Utah 202
    Vermont 216
    Virginia 217
    Washington 215
    West Virginia 200
    Wisconsin 208
    Wyoming 200
  • altamashaltamash Posts: 244Registered User Junior Member
    don't you have to get 202 or higher this year for commended? I'm not sure, can anyone else confirm.
  • SteveCSteveC Posts: 721Registered User Member
    Threads like this work great if everyone reads the original post and follows the procedure.

    Based on this thread [thread]1107182[/thread], the cutoff for commended is 202. I'll edit the list accordingly. If anyone received a 201 (or lower) and received a letter informing them they were at least commended, please post and edit the list to reflect your score.

    This way, one needs only two posts -- the original and the most recent -- to know what's going on.

    ******************************************************************

    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)
    AK=?
    AZ=?
    AR=?
    CA=?
    CO=?
    CT=?
    DE=?
    DC=?
    FL=?
    GA=?
    HI=?
    ID=?
    IL=?
    IN=?
    IA=?
    KS=?
    KY=?
    LA=?
    ME=?
    MD=?
    MA=?
    MI=?
    MN=?
    MS=?
    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=?

    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.

    Internationals=?
    This usually is set to be equal to the highest cut-off score among all the individual states.

    Commended (national cutoff) = 202
    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.
  • DescarteszDescartesz Posts: 1,738Registered User Senior Member
    My bad. I failed to edit out last year's Commended cutoff score when I posted the new message. By the time I noticed, it was too late to change. Thanks for the correction.
  • SteveCSteveC Posts: 721Registered User Member
    No problem. I thought it was a good thing to demonstrate how the thread was supposed to work. Now if only I'd correctly filled out the "Updating" line and put the post I referenced in parentheses after the corrected score. :o
  • BJcollegeBJcollege Posts: 15Registered User New Member
    I talked with Nat'l Merit corp. The person I talked with said that they mailed the semi-finalist info to the schools on Tuesday, 8/23, so school should have them now, or will in the next couple days. They said that schools are allowed to inform the students of their status. The press release date this year is September 14th so state cut-offs will not be available until then.

    Is anyone concerned that if the commended cutoff has increased from 201 to 202, it could mean that the semi finalist state cutoffs will increase a point or two also?
  • azcpamomazcpamom Posts: 278Registered User Junior Member
    Thanks for the info, BJ. Nice to know that the packets have been mailed. As to the possibility of our state cut-off going up--<gulp> hope not!
  • husker27husker27 Posts: 3Registered User New Member
    215 got me in in NE!
  • azcpamomazcpamom Posts: 278Registered User Junior Member
    Congratulations, Husker27! You are our first to report. Should be a special prize for that!
  • SteveCSteveC Posts: 721Registered User Member
    State cutoffs wont' be available from NMSC until September 14. This thread reports information collected from all reliable sources, included those students who have been notified by their schools and wish reports their results.

    Commended going up by a point doesn't necessarily impact state cutoffs.
  • husker27husker27 Posts: 3Registered User New Member
    Thanks I think so too! I was surprised no one else had posted yet it doesn't seem like Nebraska would be the first place to get the reports.
  • azcpamomazcpamom Posts: 278Registered User Junior Member
    I'm just curious, Nebrasker, how were you notified? Are there many at your HS? Are there any with scores lower than yours, that is, closer to last year's cut-off?
  • husker27husker27 Posts: 3Registered User New Member
    My principal told me to come to his office and then told me. It was pretty exciting I was hoping it would be at this... but anyway I was the only one, our school is small (39 in my class) so I don't know about other scores for sure.
  • azcpamomazcpamom Posts: 278Registered User Junior Member
    Gotta be one of the best reasons for being sent to the principal's office!
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