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National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC)

Juniors can go to and click on resources if they would like to apply for alternate entry since we are remote and will not be administering the test. They need to read through all the information and the online form is due by April 1st

National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) conducts the National Merit Scholarship Program, an annual nationwide academic competition for high school students.  The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) is the route of entry into the National Merit Scholarship Program.  If you did not take the 2020 PSAT/NMSQT (offered in October 2020 and January 2021) due to illness, emergency, or other extenuating circumstance (including school closures) and you meet all other program entry requirements (given on the next page), you must follow the instructions specified below to enter the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program.  You may also use these instructions if you took the 2020 PSAT/NMSQT but your Selection Index score cannot be considered for entry to the National Merit Scholarship Program due to a testing irregularity or score cancellation.


Requirements: To enter the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program based on your SAT scores in lieu of PSAT/NMSQT scores, you must:


1) take an official administration of the SAT given from August 2020 to June 2021;

2) request that College Board SAT Program send an official report of your SAT scores to NMSC (code 0085).  The SAT Program will not report your scores to NMSC unless you request it.  You cannot use a photocopy of the score report sent to you or to your high school as a substitute for the official report; and

3) visit immediately to complete the Alternate Entry Form.  You cannot be considered in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program unless you complete this online form no later than Thursday, April 1, 2021.

Deadline: Your Alternate Entry Form must be submitted online no later than Thursday, April 1, 2021.  NMSC will not accept Alternate Entry Form submissions after this date.  


Submit your SAT scores as soon as they become available.  NMSC must receive your SAT scores no later than October 15, 2021.

Additional Notes: • Alternate Entry is only for students who do not take the October 2020 PSAT/NMSQT or January 2021 PSAT/NMSQT.  If you are uncertain about whether you will take the January PSAT/NMSQT, you are welcome to download and complete Alternate Entry requirements beginning in late October; however, NMSC will not consider your SAT scores for entry to the program if it receives an official PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index score from College Board.



Natasha Godwin
Assistant Principal,


Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College High School

1801 Fayetteville Street