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I received a letter from the national merit scholarship corporation today stating that DD meets requirements to enter the scholarship program! I thought we had to wait until September to find out? So it makes me wonder if the letter is legitimate or not. Did anyone else recieve such a letter?

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I got one too. I think it is just a preliminary letter sent to the "principals" of the schools to make sure all the details on the qualifying students at are correct before the official announcement in September. Or at least that's how I read the letter.


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I thought the letter meant that the student was definitely on the Commended list, but I was wrong. From the NMSQT site:


"In late September, more than two-thirds (about 34,000) of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT® receive Letters of Commendation.


In early September, about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists.


In February, some 15,000 Semifinalists are notified by mail at their home addresses that they have advanced to Finalist standing."



Just curious...... Why do they not announce until September?  Is Commended status based on the state cutoff or a national cutoff?


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The qualifying score for the 50,000 is a national cutoff. The semifinalists are chosen from that group, but the score varies based on state. Those not making the semifinalist group get commended status, so it's based initially on a national score to get in the top group, but ultimately on a state cutoff.

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