I think it might be a 212 because I have a friend who got a 211, but she got a note saying she was Commended. That means it went up a point. I'll have the official number on Thursday because I made a counselor's appointment for Thursday.
Well if go to the Collegeboard site under the counselor's section, you can see the state reports for PSAT from this years seniors and from previous years. The results are pretty interesting, because the number of people getting at least a 70 on the Critical Reading went down (a lot) but for the Math and Writing it went up (a lot more). So that might explain how the numbers are going up.
they dont really care about national merit. if you look at the number of students they accept from new england, now all of them couldnt possible be national merit considering states like connecticut and massachusetts haave cutoffs at around 222. national merit really means nothing. essentially u get 2000 bucks deducted from ur financial aid. =P
that's so unfair. people from underrepresented states already get a slight boost in admission, so why should it ALSO be easier for them to get national merit scholarships? It doesn't make much sense to me...
National Merit Commended/Scholar status means nothing to Princeton admissions. I got in with Commended status - it certainly didn't harm me at all. However, the scholarship money does mean something to many students. Just don't worry about admissions prospects because of the Commended status.