National Merit Scores | National Merit Qualifying Scores

National Merit Scores: NMS Qualifying Scores by State, Class of 2014

Your child’s junior-year PSAT is not only an excellent opportunity to practice for the SAT—it also allows your child the chance to qualify for a National Merit Scholarship. Students will take the PSAT in October of their junior year. The following April, approximately 50,000 juniors with the highest PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index scores (or total PSAT scores)—roughly the top 3% of junior testers—are notified that they qualify for NMSP recognition. The Selection Index qualifying scores vary from year to year and state to state. Each state’s qualifying score varies based on that state’s percentage of the national total of high school graduating seniors. Students are selected for NMSP recognition from each of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

If your child took the  PSAT/NMSQT in October of 2013 and received a very high score, he or she may be entered in the 2014 competition for National Merit Scholarships. In September 2014, 34,000 members of the class of 2015 will receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their high 2013 PSAT scores. These students will not continue in the competition and will not be eligible for scholarships.

In September 2014, 16,000 of the highest scoring members of the class of 2015 will qualify as semifinalists. These students represent approximately the top 1% of testers in each state. In February 2014, those semifinalists who meet academic and other requirements will advance to Finalist standing. In April of 2015, scholarship winners will be notified.

To see how your child’s score ranks in your state, you can compare his or her scores to the qualifying scores for the current graduating class.

National Merit Scores:

Qualifying Scores by State for the Class of 2014

State Qualifying Score
Alabama 211
Alaska 212
Arizona 214
Arkansas 205
California 223
Colorado 215
Connecticut 221
Delaware 218
District of Columbia 224
Florida 214
Georgia 217
Hawaii 215
Idaho 211
Illinois 216
Indiana 215
Iowa 210
Kansas 216
Kentucky 211
Louisiana 209
Maine 215
Maryland 219
Massachusetts 223
Michigan 210
Minnesota 215
Mississippi 207
State Qualifying Score
Missouri 213
Montana 207
Nebraska 209
Nevada 212
New Hampshire 214
New Jersey 224
New Mexico 210
New York 219
North Carolina 215
North Dakota 204
Ohio 215
Oklahoma 210
Oregon 218
Pennsylvania 217
Rhode Island 216
South Carolina 210
South Dakota 206
Tennessee 212
Texas 219
Utah 208
Vermont 217
Virginia 222
Washington 220
West Virginia 203
Wisconsin 210
Wyoming 203

For the graduating class of 2014, students who scored above a 200 but below the qualifying score for their state received Letters of Commendation, but did not continue on in the scholarship competition.

Related Topics

  • For more information on National Merit Scholarship Qualifications, visit our National Merit Scholarship Qualifications page
  • Want to learn more about the PSAT? Visit our PSAT Test page for information about the test format, question types and scoring.
  • Curious as to how PSAT scoring works?  Visit our PSAT Scores page to learn more.

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