National Merit Scholarships

Qualify by Earning a High Score on the PSAT

The PSAT is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program. While it is difficult to qualify, it is definitely not impossible. All it takes is a solid (not perfect) performance on the PSAT. Nationally, approximately 50,000 students nationally will qualify based on their PSAT scores. Approximately two-thirds will receive Letters of Commendation and the remaining one-third will become semi finalists and, eventually, finalists. Approximately 94% of semifinalists become finalists. While only finalists receive a $2500 scholarship from NMSC, all 50,000 students earning top PSAT scores may qualify for private, corporate, and college scholarships.

The first step in qualifying for the National Merit Scholarship is preparing for the PSAT/NMSQT. While this is important, it is not the only reason to prepare for the PSAT. Here are three reasons to prepare for the PSAT:

  1. The PSAT is the qualifier test for National Merit Scholarships. Not only do these $2500 NMSC scholarships and/or corporate and business scholarships help pay for college, being a National Merit Scholar is incredibly prestigious and highly regarded by college admission committees.
  1. Because the PSAT is so similar to the SAT, PSAT preparation serves a double purpose – both as preparation for the PSAT and early preparation for the SAT.
  1. Preparation for the PSAT provides early indication of areas needing remediation. By preparing for the PSAT, these potentially problematic academic or test-taking gaps can be addressed early in the preparation cycle, giving more time and opportunity to maximize scores on the SAT.

To schedule your tutor or for more information, please contact NC Global at info@ncglobaledu.com, or call 800-469-1028.

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