NMSQT - a string of consonants that can mean a lot



The NMSQT stands for the National Merit Scholar Qualifying Test. Your NMSQT score identifies if you qualify for the National Merit Scholarship. Here is what you should know


  • Qualifying scores differ by the state in that they represent the top 1% in each state. The average qualifying score is 218 and is a function of 2x the sum of your reading/writing-lang/math subscores. Scores are announced the September after the prior year's test.

Alabama

216

Alaska

213

Arizona

219

Arkansas

214

California

222

Colorado

220

Connecticut

221

Delaware

220

DC

223

Florida

219

Georgia

220

Hawaii

219

Idaho

215

Illinois

221

Iowa

215

Kansas

218

Kentucky

218

Louisiana

215

Maine

215

Maryland

222

Massachusetts

223

Michigan

219

Minnesota

219

Mississippi

214

Missouri

217

Montana

214

Nebraska

216

Nevada

218

New Hampshire

218

New Jersey

223

New Mexiso

213

New York

221

North Carolina

219

North Dakota

212

Ohio

218

Oklahoma

214

Oregon

220

Pennsylvania

220

Rhode Island

218

South Carolina

215

South Dakota

214

Tennessee

219

Texas

221

Utah

215

Vermont

216

Virginia

222

Washington

222

West Virginia

212

Wisconsin

216

Wyoming

212


  • About 2/3 of qualifying students are commended, but they do not move onto the next stage of the competition.

  • Students named finalists will complete an application, including an essay, and well as submit official SAT scores. The table below shows the timeline for Class of 2023 student selections




  • Participating in the National Merit program offers numerous benefits. Reaching the status of a Commended Student or Semifinalist is a feather in a student's academic hat. The National Merit Scholarship is only one of many merit scholarships that students can win in the college application process, but it is among the most prestigious and opens the door to additional special scholarships.

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