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PSAT National Merit Scholarship details?

Does anyone know more about the PSAT National Merit Scholarship qualification process? Just how much is it actually worth, and what are the typical requirements to be considered? Trying to figure out if it's worth seriously prepping for.

8 months ago

It's great that you're thinking ahead about the PSAT and the potential merit scholarships. The National Merit Scholarship Program uses PSAT scores as an initial screen of applicants and awards varying levels of scholarships, which can be around $2,500.

To qualify, you typically need to score in the top 1% of test-takers in your state. This qualifying score varies by state, as it's based on the highest scores within each region. If you become a semifinalist, you'll have to submit a detailed scholarship application, maintain a high academic standard, and earn SAT scores that confirm your PSAT performance.

Being named a National Merit Scholar can also open doors to other scholarship opportunities, as some colleges offer their own awards to finalists or semi-finalists. While the monetary award from the National Merit Corporation might not cover all college expenses, the prestige can be incredibly valuable. With this in mind, if you believe you have a chance at scoring in the top percentile, it seems reasonable to prep earnestly for the PSAT. It's a wonderful opportunity to potentially lower college costs and gain recognition for your hard work!

8 months ago

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