Hi! I have a tough question! I am a junior. I just took the PSAT and made a 1480 (221 in National Merit), so I will qualify to be a NM semifinalist. I am a homeschooled student and have done: biology in 9th grade, chemistry in 10th, and am currently doing physics. To qualify for National Merit Finalist, I have heard that they want you to have AP courses or dual credit. I haven't done either, (due to being homeschooled and the fact that dual credit is very expensive where I live) although I have done lots of high-quality math courses (algebra I and II, geometry, and currently Precalculus with trigonometry) I am strongest in math and science, and I carry a 4.0 GPA. (Unweighted) In addition, I know I can write a powerful essay for the NMSC application, as I write very well. I can also retake my SAT and probably increase it, if necessary. I am just trying to find out if I need to take an AP test this May. If so, math and science are my strongest subjects. In addition, I am also a musician, and have taken piano since I was 5. I have not seriously studied music theory, although I know the basics. However, my teacher is a theory professor at a university and would teach me if I asked, so I might have a chance with AP music theory. Also, I heard about SAT subject tests and was wondering if those might also work as a way to show my abilities.
Thank you for your help, and sorry if all that is a little convoluted!