" The PSAT is a great primer for the SAT and even the ACT, but it’s more than just a trial run. PSAT scores are used to identify National Merit Scholars and award merit scholarships . More than 3.4 million high school students (mostly juniors and sophomores) take this nationwide, multiple-choice test every year. " - Princeton Review
Schools usually organize students to take PSAT early part of Junior year.
Usually, 1% of the students make it semi-finalists who will qualify for merit-based scholarships at different schools. The most top one is USC. If a student makes it to a semi-finalist, USC offers 50% off the tuition.
Out of the 1%, the majority will make it to finalists. And there are requirements like writing essays to be eligible for finalists.
Among the finalists, half of them are chosen for the $2500 National Merit Scholarships.
DNHS typically has a few handfuls of students that makes it to the semifinals.
For more information, please visit: https://www.nationalmerit.org/s/1758/interior.aspx?sid=1758&gid=2&pgid=424
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