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Will 201 PSAT Score Keep Me in the Running for a National Merit Scholarship?

Question: I got a 201 on my PSAT. Is that score high enough to qualify me for National Merit Scholarships in Illinois?

As you may know, National Merit cut-offs vary greatly from state-to-state and then even vary somewhat from year-to-year. However, your score of 201, isn't close to the typical Illinois cut-off for scholarship qualification, which is usually about 213/214. So you won't stay in the running to continue in the competition, but with a 201, it's very likely that you will still be a “Commended Student" (which is sort of like National Merit honorable mention).

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