As an incoming high school Junior, I was wondering how Covid-19 would affect the national merit cutoff for the class of 2022. While it’s impossible to know for sure, I see two likely possibilities.
- It lowers, due to less things being learned this spring, and people worrying about other things or moping because almost all activities have been canceled( and for a good reason)
- It raises quite a bit higher, since most activities were cancelled. Some students, especially those aiming for top colleges, are likely to spend their newly increased time practicing for the PSAT and SAT, leaving the rest of the juniors in the dust.
I personally spent most of the spring and summer moping, but I’m starting to practice the SAT and PSAT again. I’m trying to practice extra now to make up for the lost time, but I’ll probably fail to completely make up for the months of moping.