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12/15/2012 9:55:56 PM
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What's the cut off score to be a semi-finalist? And if you are one, does that make you more competitive in college admissions?
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12/15/2012 10:06:47 PM
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At 12/15/2012 9:55:56 PM, 000ike wrote:
What's the cut off score to be a semi-finalist?

Um, 700.

And if you are one, does that make you more competitive in college admissions?

I'd say no.
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12/15/2012 10:07:57 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/15/2012 10:06:47 PM, emospongebob527 wrote:
At 12/15/2012 9:55:56 PM, 000ike wrote:
What's the cut off score to be a semi-finalist?

Um, 700.

And if you are one, does that make you more competitive in college admissions?

I'd say no.

PSAT's out of 240
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12/15/2012 10:24:53 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
170, I believe.
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12/15/2012 10:44:18 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/15/2012 10:25:50 PM, royalpaladin wrote:
It varies by state. You can Google the score cutoffs for your state.

I checked the last few years, and NJ has always had the highest cut-off, with 220 or higher. :( I got a 216. I should have studied longer
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12/15/2012 10:49:32 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/15/2012 10:44:18 PM, 000ike wrote:
At 12/15/2012 10:25:50 PM, royalpaladin wrote:
It varies by state. You can Google the score cutoffs for your state.

I checked the last few years, and NJ has always had the highest cut-off, with 220 or higher. :( I got a 216. I should have studied longer

216's a solid score. You'll be a commended scholar.

It doesn't give you that much of a boost unless you're going to a state college that gives you a scholarship for it. I know that you're probably applying to Ivies though. Don't worry about it :) It doesn't make much of a difference.
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12/21/2012 8:29:34 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
The score required to become a Semifinalist varies by state but is typically around 210-215. It typically matters a fair amount to less competitive colleges that want NMSFs to populate their dormitories so they can appear more prestigious, but at the higher end of the educational spectrum it doesn't matter all that much.

I'm a NMSF and, honestly, it isn't that big a deal.
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12/23/2012 6:37:37 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
I only got a 194. D:

However, it was largely the math that got me. I took too long on that. I scored in the 98th and 93rd percentiles for Reading and Writing, respectively. Math...not so much.
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1/1/2013 7:31:51 AM
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The cutoff is usually 215-225. And yes it does make you very competitive for college.
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1/3/2013 11:05:35 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/15/2012 10:06:47 PM, emospongebob527 wrote:
At 12/15/2012 9:55:56 PM, 000ike wrote:
What's the cut off score to be a semi-finalist?

Um, 700.

And if you are one, does that make you more competitive in college admissions?

I'd say no.

Lol so much fail here...its out of 240, and being a Merit Scholar DEFINITELY helps you in college admissions
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1/3/2013 11:07:30 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/15/2012 10:44:18 PM, 000ike wrote:
At 12/15/2012 10:25:50 PM, royalpaladin wrote:
It varies by state. You can Google the score cutoffs for your state.

I checked the last few years, and NJ has always had the highest cut-off, with 220 or higher. :( I got a 216. I should have studied longer

How long did you study? But your score will probably go up when you take the SAT which is way more important...but look into extracurricular or something bc even with 2200 SATs and a good GPA you still dont have a super good chance at ivy's unless you have other appealing things on your applications]
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1/3/2013 11:14:05 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 1/3/2013 11:07:30 PM, thett3 wrote:
At 12/15/2012 10:44:18 PM, 000ike wrote:
At 12/15/2012 10:25:50 PM, royalpaladin wrote:
It varies by state. You can Google the score cutoffs for your state.

I checked the last few years, and NJ has always had the highest cut-off, with 220 or higher. :( I got a 216. I should have studied longer

How long did you study? But your score will probably go up when you take the SAT which is way more important...but look into extracurricular or something bc even with 2200 SATs and a good GPA you still dont have a super good chance at ivy's unless you have other appealing things on your applications]

1 hour per weekday, 3 hours per weekend day, everyday for 2 weeks.

I've heard of someone getting a perfect score on the SAT along with a very high GPA and still getting rejected by some of the Ivys. I've also heard of someone getting just over a 2.0 unweighted GPA and less than 2000 on SAT getting into an Ivy league. So, I think at least 50% of the application process is out of your hands and just pure luck, I don't think doing a billion extracurriculars would help.
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1/3/2013 11:22:41 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 1/3/2013 11:14:05 PM, 000ike wrote:
At 1/3/2013 11:07:30 PM, thett3 wrote:
At 12/15/2012 10:44:18 PM, 000ike wrote:
At 12/15/2012 10:25:50 PM, royalpaladin wrote:
It varies by state. You can Google the score cutoffs for your state.

I checked the last few years, and NJ has always had the highest cut-off, with 220 or higher. :( I got a 216. I should have studied longer

How long did you study? But your score will probably go up when you take the SAT which is way more important...but look into extracurricular or something bc even with 2200 SATs and a good GPA you still dont have a super good chance at ivy's unless you have other appealing things on your applications]

1 hour per weekday, 3 hours per weekend day, everyday for 2 weeks.

Damn dude you must really be dedicated...props. Not to sound..i dont even know theword for it, but how is that even possible? I didnt study for my Psat or sat so I dont know how it works...do those big study books take a super long time to complete?

I've heard of someone getting a perfect score on the SAT along with a very high GPA and still getting rejected by some of the Ivys. I've also heard of someone getting just over a 2.0 unweighted GPA and less than 2000 on SAT getting into an Ivy league. So, I think at least 50% of the application process is out of your hands and just pure luck, I don't think doing a billion extracurriculars would help.

Thats a fair point, and its also well known that the application process in many schools is extremely corrupt. Still, I dont doubt that showing other nonacademic talents/interests is somewhat important but its your time obviously lol. Plus if you study as much as you said it would cut into that so it might not be worth it. If you were younger I would say you should join debate (you'll slaughter any essays you have to write) but youre already a good writer/thinker and a junior (i think) so it doesnt really matter
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1/3/2013 11:24:05 PM
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In Texas, I recieved a 204 and didn't get it, my friend got a 230 something and got it (obviously qualified).
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1/3/2013 11:25:40 PM
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At 1/3/2013 11:22:41 PM, thett3 wrote:
At 1/3/2013 11:14:05 PM, 000ike wrote:
At 1/3/2013 11:07:30 PM, thett3 wrote:
At 12/15/2012 10:44:18 PM, 000ike wrote:
At 12/15/2012 10:25:50 PM, royalpaladin wrote:
It varies by state. You can Google the score cutoffs for your state.

I checked the last few years, and NJ has always had the highest cut-off, with 220 or higher. :( I got a 216. I should have studied longer

How long did you study? But your score will probably go up when you take the SAT which is way more important...but look into extracurricular or something bc even with 2200 SATs and a good GPA you still dont have a super good chance at ivy's unless you have other appealing things on your applications]

1 hour per weekday, 3 hours per weekend day, everyday for 2 weeks.

Damn dude you must really be dedicated...props. Not to sound..i dont even know theword for it, but how is that even possible? I didnt study for my Psat or sat so I dont know how it works...do those big study books take a super long time to complete?

Actually it isnt as much as I thought. I read 2 months for some reason. Still a lot of studying though

I've heard of someone getting a perfect score on the SAT along with a very high GPA and still getting rejected by some of the Ivys. I've also heard of someone getting just over a 2.0 unweighted GPA and less than 2000 on SAT getting into an Ivy league. So, I think at least 50% of the application process is out of your hands and just pure luck, I don't think doing a billion extracurriculars would help.

Thats a fair point, and its also well known that the application process in many schools is extremely corrupt. Still, I dont doubt that showing other nonacademic talents/interests is somewhat important but its your time obviously lol. Plus if you study as much as you said it would cut into that so it might not be worth it. If you were younger I would say you should join debate (you'll slaughter any essays you have to write) but youre already a good writer/thinker and a junior (i think) so it doesnt really matter
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"You fit the character of Regina George quite nicely"- Sam

: At 11/12/2016 11:49:40 PM, Raisor wrote:
: thett was right