My son said he’s 99% sure he didn’t see anything on USMA and USNA applications about National Merit recognition. I suspect timing of notification has something to do with that, as well as the fact that qualifying scores vary by state.I have seen a lot less mention of National Merit on these forums than I expected. Does the designation of National Merit semi-finalist add any points for admission to the SA's? Since semi-finalist is based on PSAT I don't see why PSAT would even be looked at. What about finalist? It is based on a lot more than SAT score - but wouldn't it come in too late to make a difference for admissions?
Do any of the National Merit scholarships apply/help at SA's? Thanks for any info. My 11th grade son expects to be named semi-finalist in September when the state cutoffs come out.
National Merit scholarship is a waste. It's a multiple choice test, for god sake, and trying to get a perfect score should Not be the goal …. Instead, test the kid on her Ability to write and engage her reader, or test her on her mathematical ingenuity, like creating some new non-novel combinatoric relationship, and give awards to the best writing submissions and the best new Math problems and solutions.
If you can do one of these tests, like the SAT, and achieve a 90% in all categories …. You're Done …. Call it a day. Our DD took the SAT one time, in her Junior year, and scored above the 90% in all categories. I believe it was 700 math, and around 650 verbal … My Wife and I said you are done … She prepared by studying a few of those old math portions that are available, and took it in May of last year …. Done …. Move on.
Some parents that I know drove their kids crazy to prepare for these things, and this is very wrong too …. And it shouldn't be treated like a sport either.
Another thing. The Academy is educating kids to be Engineers and Scientists who are taught to Break things. It is Ok to break things. It is how humans learn and society progresses. Are Scientists and Engineers perfectionists ? No.