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PSAT cutoff score?

Lilly96Lilly96 Registered User Posts: 123 Junior Member
I want to be able to get the National Merit Scholarship this year (junior)..what do I need to score? (I live in CA)
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Replies to: PSAT cutoff score?

  • dodgersmomdodgersmom Registered User Posts: 7,304 Senior Member
    The qualifying score for the October test is not released until the end of the following summer . . . so that would be a bit difficult to predict.

    Here is one example of past qualifying scores, but they vary from year to year.
  • sosomenzasosomenza - Posts: 2,122 Senior Member
    If you're a Junior you should have your score. Google the CA cut offs over the last few years then you'll have a good idea about what it takes. Then check out the threads on this site to see how to transition from NMSf to NMF to NMS. GL
  • Lilly96Lilly96 Registered User Posts: 123 Junior Member
    PSAT cutoff scores do get higher each year though right?
  • WoolScarvesWoolScarves Registered User Posts: 208 Junior Member
    They can get higher or they could go lower. It varies every year. Sometimes it will stay the same, sometime it'll go +/- a point or two.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Registered User Posts: 82,428 Senior Member
    Lilly...did you take the PSAT last October during your junior year? What score did you get?

    I think in Calif, you need a 221 to be rather safe for NMSF.

    PSAT cutoff scores do get higher each year though right?


    No, think about it.. If the cutoff scores went up every year, soon no one would qualify! lol
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