The SAT cut off has historically been around 700-per-test or so. (It was a bit lower before the recent revamp of the SAT that upped scores by about 20-30 per section). It should be around or even a bit lower than the PSAT cut off for Commended. In general, in order not to mess up their state-equity-goals, it has got to be at or lower than the "commended" cut off, which is itself typically at the lowest state's PSAT cut off for semifinalist in that state. (So, in our state of WV, which is typically among the lowest PSAT cutoff for NMSF, the commended = semifinalist cutoff. If they made the "confirming SAT score" higher than that, it'd be too hard for those in weak states like WV with NMSF to confirm to NMF . . . and they don't want that. So, confirming SAT will typically be a bit lower than the "commended" cutoff for NM.
Last year, it was a 209 Selection Index for the cut off for confirming SAT scores, which is calculated by doubling the English score and then adding the Math (and then dropping a 0, lol). So, if you had 680 E & 710 M, your score would be (680 x 2) + 710 = 2070. Drop a 0, you're at 207, so no go. If you got 710 E & 680 M, You get 710x2+680=2100, so 210, and you're golden. If you're 700/700, then you're all good at 210. So, general message is around 700 per section, but if your kid is much stronger in math, then you need to double check that their E score is high enough, as the double weighting pinches hard on mathy-kids.
(When it's my family, I would have them retest until they are COMFORTABLY above the confirming score. Last year, I heard that the folks at NMSC were actually happy to tell you on the phone what the cut off was. Not sure how early that happened. For my kids, we just retested until we were satisfied they'd done as well as they possibly needed for their goals.)
Here's a recent blog post that explains how NMSC is now doing the confirming score: http://www.compasspr...onal-merit-faq/
The paperwork from NM will tell you the exact deadlines for your class of kids, but, in general, they have historically accepted confirming SAT dates between October of 10th grade and December of 12th grade.
Here's the official NM instructions from 2017. http://nationalmerit...pdf?no_cookie=1 You'll get something just like that along with the NMSF and/or NM Commended letters.
Definitely peruse this list: http://nmfscholarships.yolasite.com and bookmark it.
It's not entirely accurate all the time, as schools update their requirements periodically. It's a great starting place, though, and you can go to each school's website to confirm current details.
Also peruse here and book mark this forum. The people who created and keep up dated the yolasite started here . . . and there are a zillion very helpful threads and people. http://talk.collegec...t-scholarships/
(College Confidential is, to college search/scholarship/etc process, what this forum has been to me for homeschooling . . .)
FYI, it's too late for your kid . . . but for other readers with kids who have NM potential . . . What I do is have my kids take the SAT in spring of 10th grade as a practice for the all important Fall 11th grade PSAT. If you are lucky, that SAT score will be high enough to act as the confirming SAT score . . . taking pressure off of re-testing SAT in 11th/12th grade (still a great idea for college apps, as the score will likely increase a good bit, if, as was the case with my kids, they didn't do much actual test prep before that 10th grade SAT.)
My elder two kids are both NM Scholars and are on *awesome* NM scholarships at U Alabama. Kid#1 is going into her 3rd year and Kid#2 is a freshman this fall. Kid#1 loves is *so much* and I've been very impressed. Please feel free to PM me if I can offer any helpful info.
UA info: http://scholarships....tionalscholars/
Note, UA is generous in that they "stack" any outside or departmental scholarships . . . Including the 2500/yr they offer strong students who are in the Engineering College. Mine are both in the Engineering college . . .
I *strongly* advise you to help your kid pick at least a couple easy-application-guaranteed-big-money NM schools and apply early. Some of those big money schools like U Alabama have firm deadlines for application to get their big scholarships. Some of the deadlines are as early as December of the senior year. So, just pick a couple reasonable schools and get the apps complete by fall of senior year. It's maybe $100 in application fees and an hour of time to nail down a couple of those schools . . . where your kid will be guaranteed a full ride or nearly so (depending on the school). It's a pretty awesome position to be in October of senior year . . . fully admitted to a solid school with full funding . . . takes a LOT of pressure off the college app cycle.
When you get down to it, it's really hard to turn down 150-200k in help with college financing . . . Even if you can afford to pay for undergrad . . .Think what else you could do with that $$$ -- for your kids' benefit or for your own future . . . We have always had a $$ limit for college, and having the kids mostly self-fund undergrad via scholarships allows us to spoil them during undergrad (spending money, freedom to not work for $$ but just for good experience/etc, having a car, still taking nice vacations, etc) and will also allow them to reserve some of their "bank of Mom and Dad" funding to help with grad or professional school or other adult needs/desires. (This is a moot point if your family can qualify for good need-based aid. In that case, up the ante and apply widely to top tier schools that fully meet need . . . Our family doesn't qualify for any need based aid, but can't actually afford the 60-70k/yr that the magic EFC calculations say we can . . . so ours didn't apply to Ivies, etc, that are very generous with need-based aid but do nothing for merit aid (since all their students would deserve it!!)
Hope this helps!!
CONGRATULATONS on a JOB WELL DONE!!
ps. Read all the NM instructions carefully and don't miss any deadlines! Call their 800 line with any questions. They are very nice. Feel free to PM me with any questions at any time. The paperwork for you as the "principal" is long but not as difficult as it seems. Do plan to allow several hours to complete it all online, and do NOT leave it to the last minute, as you may need to ask some questions, and once you hit "Complete" you can't re-do it, and so it's rather scary to think you might be screwing it up. (I was pretty panicked the first time, and fortunately had a close hs'ing friend who'd done it for her two older boys . . . the 2nd time was easier, lol.)
pps. Just in case you don't research it . . . when you are writing your child's transcript for NMSC, be aware that any grades below a B are a big problem. The vast majority of kids who don't make it from NMSF to NMF . . . are knocked out by one to two Cs . . . 15,000 out of 16,000 make the cut, so it's nearly guaranteed the kid will make it so long as you jump through the hoops, get the SAT score, and don't have Cs or worse on the transcript. Just FYI.
Edited by StephanieZ, 18 July 2017 - 06:30 PM.