national merit semis to finals

<p>how does the corporation figure out who to cut, the 1000 kids who don't make it, what is the reason persay?</p>

<p>Most didn't bother to send in all the info for one reason or another. I would also assume that some are bright but lazy, and don't have the grades to back up their PSAT scores.</p>

<p>what about the 500 word essay, is it basically not considered</p>

<p>You might want to do a search on CC on this topic because it has been covered a few times...</p>

<p>that said....in order to be a finalist this was the opinion of most of the posters:</p>

<p>Be sure that the paperwork is done, the essay written and sent in, your GPA is at least semi decent and your SAT score not too low and that it is sent from the College Board to the National Merit people. ( some people have suggested that the SAT score should be at leat 1300) </p>

<p>That is my understanding of how to make finalist. I hope it's correct.</p>

<p>Here's the previous thread where this was discussed.</p>

<p><a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/showthread.php?t=1663&highlight=finalist%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/showthread.php?t=1663&highlight=finalist&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>