Today i will be teaching you guys how to pass national merit scholarship. Are you currently a high school candidate or student, or probably by chance heard of the PSAT and or the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Every year, over a million students take the junior year PSAT and thousands are awarded a National Merit Scholarship. So what exactly is a National Merit Scholarship? And how do you get one if you’re confused right now and haven’t even heard of the National Merit Scholarship? Don’t worry.
Before I myself went through the process, I was completely clueless while I had taken the PSHE freshman and sophomore year since it was offered at my school and I figured I could use the practice, I was never really sure what the National Merit Scholarship process entails. Luckily, I scored a 14. Seven on my junior year PSAT and ended up winning a National Merit Scholarship, so I got firsthand experience which I will now pass on to you before we get into the video.
The PSAT stands for Preliminary Sat National Marriage Scholarship Qualifying Test. So if you couldn’t tell by the name, it’s literal purpose is to see if you qualify for the National Merit Scholarship. The test is given by College Board, the same company that produces the Sat Sat Subject Test and AP exams. The freshman and sophomore year PSAT exams are optional and don’t count at all towards the National Merit Scholarship, so I highly recommend doing them since they won’t affect anything and will allow you to practice for both the PSAT and the Sat.
You’ll get score reports back from each test so you can evaluate your weak areas and already start working on them early in junior year. You definitely want to take the PSAT again. You can’t lose here. Colleges don’t care at all about your PSAT score and you won’t be reporting it to them. So if you completely bomb it, they’ll never know.
Be sure to prepare for it over the summer while you’re hopefully also studying for the Sat or even the act. Since they overlap in several ways, the P Sat is graded on a scale of 320 to 1520 with the evidence based Reading and Writing section score on a scale of 160 to 760 and the math score on a scale of 160 to 760. The test always occurs in mid October, and you usually get your score back in around mid December.
That’s when the evaluation process begins. If you qualify for the National Merit Scholarships, basically on your test, you need to Mark that you’re currently a junior in high school or 11th grade and that you’re planning to accept admission to College no later than two years after you’ve taken the PSAT. Sorry, the PSAT, your scores will be compared to all of the other scores of juniors who took the PSAT that year.
The first step in the National Merit Scholarship process is becoming a National Merit semifinalist. To be a semifinals, you must meet a cut off PSAT score, which ranges from state to state and is based on your selection index score or the sum of your three test scores. When you get your score report back, it will have the total score and the scores from the two main sections, as well as the scores for the three sub test scores reading, writing and language and math on a scale of eight to 38.
To calculate your selection index score, you add the scores you got from each test and multiply the total by two, so the range of the selection index scores is from 48 to 228. I know it sounds complicated. It’s really not that bad. Also in the link in the description box, there’ll be a PDF document from National Merit where they kind of detail this in more details.
The easiest way to know you’ll be a semifinalist is by knowing your selection index score and comparing it to the cutoff selection index score of your state. You can find those cut off scores for each year. They can sometimes vary depending on how strong the students who took the PSAT that year were. Just by searching National Merit cut off scores and then adding the year you’re looking for. At the end, there’s also a commended cutoff that’s the same for all the States and will tell you if you qualify to be a commended student.
So now what? Well, there are 16,000 semifinalists out of over 1.6 million test takers and 34,000 commended students who will get a letter of commendation, but they’ll continue on in the competition for National Merit Scholarships. If you’re a semifinalist, you’ll be notified in early September by your school and you’ll be given additional application materials at this point. Definitely add National Merit Scholarship semifinalists to your College app, since it definitely will give a slight boost and being a semifinalist is considered to be proceeded. You’ll have until early to mid October to complete the application and have it submitted by your school to the National America Corporation to be evaluated in it.
You basically just need to provide your transcript, a short teacher Reclutter, and a list of your extracurricular activities, and a short essay about yourself. You also need to Mark a school as your top choice school just in case you get accepted and decide to go there and they provide a College sponsored National Merit Scholarship. You also have to send in an Sat or act score report. Something to keep in mind here is that you can change that preferred College at any time on your profile on the website up until I think, like May or June this summer before you go to College.
So if you change your mind or get into a school that offers College sponsored marriage scholarships like Vanderbilt, you’ll have time to do that later. A few months will pass and then in February, you’ll find out if you’re a finalist, the chances of you being a finalist are overwhelmingly in your favor, since only 1000 semifinalists are eliminated. Ultimately, there are 7500 merit scholarship winners, so half of the 15,000 finalists get something.
Winners are notified in March, and there are three types of National Merit scholarships. The first type is the one that’s probably the most well known. It’s the National Merit $2,500 scholarships, and the National Merit 2500 scholarships are just that one single scholarship payment of $2,500. These awards are unique because every finalist is considered for one and winners are named in every state and other selection units. The number awarded in each state is determined by the same Representational procedure used to designate semifinals. Corporate sponsored merit scholarships are provided by corporations.
The award amounts vary and can be one time or renewable for up to four years. Finalists who meet the criteria of a corporate sponsor will win this type of scholarship, and they’re usually finalists who meet criteria specified by a corporate sponsor. Usually they are children of employees, residents of specific communities or finalists with certain College majors or career plans.
The third type of national merit scholarship is College sponsored marriage Scholarship, which is the type I want to win this type of marriage scholarship. You have to plan on attending a sponsor College and must have informed NMC that the sponsor College is your first choice. Unlike the other two scholarship types, you find out if you got the College sponsored scholarship in early May since it’s already passed the May 1 deadline to commit to a College, the award amount ranges from school to school and is a Max of $2,000 per year, which is what I’m getting from Vanderbilt. So yeah, this one is definitely great, since instead of getting a limited one time amount, I’m getting $8,000 in total spread over four years.
If you couldn’t tell, I highly recommend looking at the policies of the schools you’re applying to and seeing which ones offer College sponsored scholarships. There’s actually not that many that offer College sponsored national merit scholarships. For instance, none of the Ivy’s do. So if you want to see a full list of colleges that offer them, I’ll have the link down in my description box and that’s that so.
Hopefully that explained how I went from being a National Merit semifinalist to being a National Merit finalist and then winning the College sponsored National Merit Scholarship, as well as the other two types of National Merit scholarships you can win in just the whole process and how it all works. Additional resources will be down in my description box. I hope you found this article useful. Let me know. Let me know in the comments below, if you have any other video suggestions or if you like this article and that’s all I really have to say. So. Bye, guys.