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Class of 2020 National Merit Discussion

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  • mavianmavian 29 replies1 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @3scoutsmom thank you, that makes sense. I searched all morning but found nothing about state cutoff info except Art's blog. DD said the test was really hard. Praying with you that the cutoff stays the same.
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  • txhopingtxhoping 2 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    DD just got PSAT SI 222 (she scored 1550 SAT)...hoping TX cutoff doesn’t get to 223 for NMF! Thought? I’ve read Art’s excellent blog.
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  • acaplaacapla 25 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    txhoping, no way to know for sure of course but I think SI 222 will be good for Texas. The odds that it jumps two points (from 221 to 223) in one year are very slim; especially given the graduating class size for Texas being so large. 2 point swings almost always only happen in the smaller states.
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  • ReebtoorReebtoor 235 replies3 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @carmartwinmom Art usually gets wind of the Commended cutoff soon after the first schools get their letters in the spring. It is a loooooong wait from there to September and then to February when Finalists are announced. But, your kids will be busy applying to colleges in the fall and the time goes quicker than you'd expect.
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  • txhopingtxhoping 2 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Thank you! You bring up a good point with Texas being a larger state. It’s all we can do but wait now....Wishing everyone best of luck with NM process!
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  • janiemirandajaniemiranda 357 replies19 threadsRegistered User Member
    Will there be some kind of information come out about what score on the SAT and ACT is considered enough to be a confirming score?
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  • BluEyeLBluEyeL 45 replies10 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    I'm not understanding what you are all saying but my son got 1460 with a 760 in math and 700 in English for the junior PSAT. I found a table on the internet for the cut off score for our state was 1460 in 2017. If he doesn't become eligible for the National Merit Scholarship afterall with this score, is there anything else he can do with it?
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  • BarefooterBarefooter 22 replies1 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @BluEyeL, NM uses a selection index instead of cumulative PSAT score. The index is included in the score report, or you can calculate using a free online tool. If your son's index is above your state's cutoff from last year, chances are high he will be a NMSF this year. Index is calculated 1/3 weight of Math and 2/3 weight of Reading. Maximum index is 228.
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  • BluEyeLBluEyeL 45 replies10 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Ah dang, he doesn't qualify. Bummer. Because they take the English at a higher impact. Oh well. Anything else you can do with a decent PSAT score? In addition to just bragging to your friends?
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  • TheBigChefTheBigChef 538 replies5 threadsRegistered User Member
    "If he doesn't become eligible for the National Merit Scholarship after all with this score, is there anything else he can do with it?

    Even if its not good enough for NMSF (which it may or may not be depending on the state), it will be good enough for commended status, which is something he can put on college applications. Other than that, the PSAT score won't do anything for your son. Also, the NM index score is in the score report, or you can calculate it yourself, it's pretty simple.
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  • RedslpRedslp 159 replies6 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Oh man. After DS scored so high on the SAT I was so confident that he would be NMSF, but he did not qualify. He’ll likely be in the the commended range which is still good enough in our family to stay on Santa’s nice list, and, of course, waaay better than my husband and I scored 30 years ago!

    Congratulations to all of your children for their excellent scores and hard work!! I’m confident for the future that’s in their hands!!
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  • kropladykroplady 118 replies4 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    DD should be a NMSF if there are not changes in our state cutoff. It's going to be a long 9 months. 8-|
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  • asiancaucasianasiancaucasian 17 replies9 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    edited December 2018
    @Redslp You sound like an awesome mom! Congrats to your high scoring son and know that I got a great giggle by your 'thirty years ago' comment...SO TRUE!
    edited December 2018
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  • RedslpRedslp 159 replies6 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Thanks @ asiancaucasian!
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  • KKreisKKreis 28 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Slightly irritated. Wanted to get my daughter's scores, form website, not Naviance. We are a Dec 12th release date. Still not up this morning. Really? Three days to get things out and you can't update ours?
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  • asiancaucasianasiancaucasian 17 replies9 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    edited December 2018
    @Redslp My girl should get commended status!!!! Woohoo!!!! No cash prize, but a little academic recognition will be nice and it'll be something else for her to add to her transcript / college apps in 9 months!
    edited December 2018
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  • drxxpressodrxxpresso 40 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @WasIDremin what schools are on your list? We’re in Texas I gave my daughter a list with: TTU, UNT, UTD, ASU, UCF, Alabama, and Ole Miss.
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