Alachua County schools sets new record with 45 National Merit semifinalists

Alachua County Public Schools set a district record of semifinalists in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship program with 45 students receiving semifinalist status. 

The National Merit Scholarship Program is a competition for high school students to earn thousands of dollars in scholarship money, and it is recognized as an indicator of academic talent.

Students are eligible to compete in the program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The standardized test mimics the SAT, and it tests students on their math, reading and writing skills.

The PSAT is scored between 320 and 1520, and students are selected

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