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Steps in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program
1,600,000 Entrants. In October 2019, U.S. high school students who take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit
Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) and meet other program requirements will enter the 2021 competition
for National Merit Scholarship Program recognition and scholarships. Nearly all program participants (entrants) will be
juniors planning to enter college in 2021. NMSC uses PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index scores (calculated by doubling the
sum of the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Test scores) to determine 50,000 high-scoring participants who
qualify for program recognition.
Page four from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation section of the PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide provides an overview of the steps in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. Students, counselors, and parents can find more information regarding entry requirements and program information on our website.