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Chances for National Merit Semifinalist 2014?

onerepublic96onerepublic96 Registered User Posts: 325 Member
edited December 2012 in SAT Preparation
I'm a junior currently, and I know that the score cutoffs for each state have not yet been posted for the class of 2014, but I'm just wondering what my chances are for a semifinalist? So, I live in PA, and I got a 211 on my PSAT. I know it will mostly likely put me into the commended range, but what do you think my chances at Semifinalist are?

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Replies to: Chances for National Merit Semifinalist 2014?

  • celesterobertscelesteroberts Registered User Posts: 2,332 Senior Member
    Hey, you might want to move this to the National Merit forum under Financial Aid. Also, there is a lot of good stuff there for you to read to get an idea of your chances. Every year someone starts a thread "Official National Merit Semifinalist Qualifying Thread for the Class of ____" in August. These run for dozens of pages, but by about first week of September they've figured out the scores for all the states. Last year PA was 214, the year before 215, not sure before that, you can check. Then on college board, you can look through their data:College-Bound Juniors & Sophomores | Research and Development to get an idea of how this year's scores compare to previous years within your state, as well as changes in numbers of test-takers. Unfortunately college board (purposefully, no doubt) publishes the data in a split up way that makes it very difficult to be certain of what will happen with state score for coming year, though a couple of talented data crunchers on CC do pretty well with educated guesses.
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