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Now . . . anybody know what the cutoff for commended is?

 

I've only seen 200 or 201 in the past as the cutoff for a commendation.

 

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Kareni

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Thanks, Kareni. I "put it in the Google", and it looks like - historically, at least - everybody in the 97th percentile or higher, plus a small portion of those in the upper 96th percentile - have gotten "Commended" status.

 

Our dd got 97th percentile, so we are optimistic that her scores will make the Commended cut-off. Apparently the letters aren't sent out until April, so we won't know for sure until then.

 

Commended doesn't get you any scholarship money - not directly, anyway - but apparently it is definitely considered an honor and something students usually list on their college applications.

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This might help clarify it for you:

 

2010 National Merit Scholarship Competition

If you took the PSAT/NMSQT in October 2008 of your junior year and you

received a very high score, you may be entered in the 2010 competition for

National Merit Scholarships. In September, 2009, 34,000 commended

students will receive Letters of Commendation. These students will not

continue in the competition.

In September 2009, 16,000 high scorers will qualify as semifinalists.

In February, 2010, semifinalists who meet academic and other

requirements will advance to Finalist standing.

In March 2010, winners of special scholarships will be notified.

 

2011 National Merit Scholarship Competition

If you took the PSAT/NMSQT in October 2009 of your junior year, you may be

entered in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Competition. You will receive

your PSAT results in December 2009 from your high school. You will also

receive your test booklet with your answers. In September, 2010, you will be

notified if you qualify as a semifinalist. Check the list below for prior year

qualifying scores in your state.

 

Qualifying Scores for the Class of 2010 National Merit Semifinalists:

Alabama 208

Alaska 211

Arizona 210

Arkansas 203

California 218

Colorado 215

Connecticut 218

Delaware 219

District of Columbia 221

Florida 211

Georgia 214

Hawaii 214

Idaho 209

Illinois 214

Indiana 211

Iowa 209

Kansas 211

Kentucky 209

Louisiana 207

Maine 213

Maryland 221

Massachusetts 221

Michigan 209

Minnesota 215

Mississippi 203

Missouri 211

Montana 204

Nebraska 207

Nevada 202

New Hampshire 213

New Jersey 221

New Mexico 208

New York 218

North Carolina 214

North Dakota 202

Ohio 211

Oklahoma 207

Oregon 213

Pennsylvania 214

Rhode Island 217

South Carolina 211

South Dakota 205

Tennessee 213

Texas 216

Utah 206

Vermont 213

Virginia 218

Washington 217

West Virginia 203

Wisconsin 207

Wyoming 201

New England/Mid Atlantic Boarding Schools 221

Commended 201

 

Qualifying scores for the Class of 2009 National Merit Semifinalists:

Alabama 209

Alaska 212

Arizona 209

Arkansas 204

California 217

Colorado 213

Connecticut 218

Delaware 219

District of Columbia 221

Florida 211

Georgia 215

Hawaii 216

Idaho 208

Illinois 214

Indiana 213

Iowa 210

Kansas 211

Kentucky 209

Louisiana 208

Maine 212

Maryland 220

Massachusetts 221

Michigan 209

Minnesota 214

Mississippi 201

Missouri 213

Montana 208

Nebraska 206

Nevada 206

New Hampshire 211

New Jersey 220

New Mexico 209

New York 216

North Carolina 215

North Dakota 201

Ohio 213

Oklahoma 208

Oregon 213

Pennsylvania 213

Rhode Island 213

South Carolina 212

South Dakota 205

Tennessee 213

Texas 215

Utah 203

Vermont 213

Virginia 219

Washington 217

West Virginia 203

Wisconsin 210

Wyoming 201

International 221

U.S. Territories 201

 

Qualifying Scores for the Class of 2008 National Merit Semifinalists:

Alabama 209

Alaska 213

Arizona 211

Arkansas 201

California 218

Colorado 213

Connecticut 217

Delaware 219

District of Columbia 223

Florida 212

Georgia 214

Hawaii 213

Idaho 204

Illinois 213

Indiana 213

Iowa 209

Kansas 212

Kentucky 208

Louisiana 206

Maine 211

Maryland 221

Massachusetts 223

Michigan 209

Minnesota 213

Mississippi 202

Missouri 211

Montana 207

Nebraska 207

Nevada 208

New Hampshire 215

New Jersey 221

New Mexico 208

New York 219

North Carolina 214

North Dakota 202

Ohio 211

Oklahoma 207

Oregon 213

Pennsylvania 214

Rhode Island 212

South Carolina 210

South Dakota 203

Tennessee 213

Texas 215

Utah 202

Vermont 216

Virginia 217

Washington 215

West Virginia 200

Wisconsin 208

Wyoming 200

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FYI - the top 50,000 PSAT scorers will be sent a letter in April with the offer from the NMSC to send their scores to up to two colleges. If your student receives this offer, you will know he or she has achieved Commended status.

 

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Here is the official blurb, from

 

http://www.nationalmerit.org/nmsp.php

 

Program Recognition

 

Of the 1.5 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores (critical reading + mathematics + writing skills scores) qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program. In April following the fall test administration, high-scoring participants from every state are invited to name two colleges or universities to which they would like to be referred by NMSC. In September, these high scorers are notified through their schools that they have qualified as either a Commended Student or Semifinalist.

 

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The whole page is good reading about NMSQT.

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Commended doesn't get you any scholarship money - not directly, anyway - but apparently it is definitely considered an honor and something students usually list on their college applications.

 

Well, I received 1/4 tuition at Baylor for being a commended student. So I think you might get some scholarship money out of it.

 

Christine

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