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Competitive NMSQT Scores

Hi there, I'm planning to take the NMSQT and I'd like to know what would be considered a competitive score. Can someone provide some information or advice on how to aim for a good NMSQT score? Much appreciated!

6 months ago

Hello! It's great that you're preparing for the NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test). The NMSQT is the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) taken during your junior year of high school, and its scores are used to determine eligibility for the National Merit Scholarship Program. A competitive score will vary depending on your state, as each state has its own cutoff for the National Merit Semifinalist selection.

As a general guideline, you'll want to aim for a score in the top 1% to have a strong chance of qualifying as a National Merit Semifinalist. This usually equates to a score of 1400 to 1500 out of 1520, or a Selection Index Score of 210-225 (which is your reading and writing section score multiplied by 2, added to your math score, and divided by 10). Keep in mind, though, that this range can vary by state and by year. For a more accurate estimate of the cutoff in your state, see this post: https://blog.collegevine.com/national-merit-cutoffs/

To prepare for a competitive NMSQT score, you can begin by taking practice tests and familiarizing yourself with the format and types of questions on the PSAT. Focus on improving in areas where you may be struggling, and consider using targeted resources like test prep books, online tutorials, or even tutoring services to help. Consistent practice and reviewing your mistakes is key to improving your score. Remember that the questions on the NMSQT are closely related to those on the SAT, so preparing for one test will often help you with the other.

Lastly, don't forget that a high NMSQT score can not only qualify you for the National Merit Scholarship Program, but also demonstrate strong academic skills to college admissions officers. Good luck with your preparation, and I hope you achieve the score you're aiming for!

6 months ago

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