I submitted an SAT score for Alternate Entry into the National Merit competition. I scored a 1540, with a 38.5 in Math, 39 in Reading, and a 38 in English (selection index = 231).
This September, I was notified that I was selected as a NMS Semifinalist, and I need to submit an SAT score to be considered for Finalist status. Apparently, the NMSC can use my SAT score that I already sent them.
I also have an SAT score from an administration that was after I submitted my first score for consideration. I scored a 1570, with a 39.5 in Math, 39 in Reading, and 39 in Writing (selection index = 235).
Should I bother submitting this new SAT score? How much do SAT scores impact finalist standing?