National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) conducts the National Merit Scholarship Program, an annual nationwide competition. 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, you must follow the instructions specified in the Alternate Entry to the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program document 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. Requirement #3 states that to enter the 2022 competition based on your SAT scores in lieu of PSAT/NMSQT scores, you must complete the Alternate Entry Form below no later than Thursday, April 1, 2021.
NOTE: 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 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.
If you have any questions about Alternate Entry to the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program or need help with this form, please contact NMSC's Scholarship Administration department at (847) 866-5161 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time.