National Merit Semifinalists participate in reception, share reactions, tips

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Paul Klinger

“When I got my PSAT score back and realized that I probably got national merit semi-finalist, I was obviously very happy. I knew that it meant a lot for scholarship opportunities and meant half off tuition for my first choice school: USC. I had been preparing for the PSAT since January, and I can proudly say that my score has generously increased by a couple hundred of points.”


Justin Ren

“When I found out that I got National Merit, I did not feel anything really. It was just a relief that I didn’t do badly. Overall though, nothing has really changed, and it’s just something that sort of happened to me.”


Sarah McDanell

“I think after taking the PSAT and checking my score, I eventually realized that I got barely above the cutoff. So, I was of course very surprised that I managed to get it, but also very happy, too. I definitely prepared for it with the intent of getting National Merit. My biggest tip is just taking as many practice tests as possible, online or in books.”


About the Writer
Apurva Manas, Photo Editor
Hi I’m Apurva and I’m one of the Photo Editors for this year. I’ve been a photographer for the last two years and I occasionally do graphics. I also enjoy playing tennis, guitar and drawing in my free time. Related Posts:New Coach, Same Goals: Cross country coaches and athletes discuss the legacy of old head...
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