Franchise Locations
Blackwater Area Florida Office
705 Ashley Drive
Crestview, FL 32536
(850) 634-0104
(850) 634-0103

Boise-Meridian Idaho Office
Boise/Meridian, ID
(208) 297-6275

Central Arkansas Office
21941 Interstate 30 Suite 27
Bryant, AR 72022

Central Indiana Office
309 E. Winslow Rd. Bloomington, IN 47401 (812)-320-3702

Central Kentucky Office
(859)-285-7464

Chesapeake Virginia Office
1021 Eden Way N. Suite 116 Chesapeake, VA 23320 (757) 251-0417

Chattanooga Tennessee Office
739 Ashland Terrace, Suite 110 Chattanooga, TN 37415 (423)-822-2191

Citrus Heights California Office
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
(916) 347-0048

Cleveland Ohio Southeast Office
Cleveland, OH
10611 East Washington Street Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023 (216) 404-7777

Conejo Valley California Office
Conejo Valley, CA
(805) 380-3302

Cypress Texas Office
16718 House Hahl Road
Suite S
Cypress, TX 77433
(281) 758-8533

Dayton Ohio South Office
Dayton, OH
(937) 705-5113

Doral Florida Office
Doral, FL
(954) 599-3116

Douglas County Colorado Office
Castle Pines, CO
(720) 767-3101

East Hillsborough County FL
Tampa, FL 33527
(813) 524-0686

Eastern Kentucky Office
Berea, KY 40403
(859) 779-2395

Encinitas California Office
Encinitas, CA 40403
(858) 349-6076

Franklin Tennessee Office
Franklin, TN
(615) 497-5886

Grand Prairie Texas Office
3200 S. Carrier Parkway Suite 102 Grand Prairie, TX 75052 (972) 675-7899

Greater Austin Texas Office
Austin, TX
(512) 677-6644

Greater Rochester New York Office
Rochester, NY

Eastside
600 Fishers Station Drive
Suite 101
Victor, NY 14564
(585) 632-0101

2480 Browncroft Blvd.
Suite 206
Penfield, NY 14625
(585) 632-0101

Westside
129 South Union Street
Suite B
Spencerport, NY 14559
(585) 632-0101

Katy Texas Office
Katy, TX 77494
1526 Katy Gap Road Suite 903 Katy, TX 77494 (281) 406-3004

Lafayette Louisiana Office
Lafayette, LA
537 Cajun Dome Blvd., Ste. 111 Lafayette, LA 70506 (337) 739-5350

Lexington Kentucky Office
2039 Regency Rd.
Suite 8
Lexington, KY 40503
(859) 277-2371

Louisville Kentucky Northeast Office
Louisville, KY
9850 Von Allmen Court, Suite 201
Louisville, KY 40241
(502) 338-7723

Memphis Midsouth Tennessee Office
Memphis, TN
(901) 652-9093
(901) 410-3117

Mesa-Gilbert Arizona Office
Mesa-Gilbert, AZ
2929 N. Power Road, Suite 101
Mesa, AZ 85215
(480) 428-0101

Mobile Alabama Office
Mobile, AL
(251) 450-8141

Monmouth County NJ Office
1731 Union Ave., Suite B
Hazlet, NJ 07730
(732) 835-5110

NJ Bergen West Office
Bergen, NJ
(201) 781-5673

Nashville
Tennessee Office

40 Burton Hills Boulevard, Suite 200
Nashville, TN
(615) 656-7071

Norman Oklahoma Office
Norman, OK
(405) 346-8393

Northeast Cincinnati Office
7967 Cincinnati Dayton Road, Suite K-1
West Chester, OH
513-296-7770
Lisa Williamson
Athaviya Maricar

Pittsburgh Pennsylvania East Office
Pittsburgh, PA
(724) 221-3223

Round Rock Texas
Round Rock, TX
(512) 900-6610

Savannah Georgia Office
Savannah, GA
(912) 303-7600

Southeastern Pennsylvania Office
1044 Lincoln Avenue
Prospect Park, PA 19076
(484) 494-0179

Southwest Missouri Office
1740 S. Glenstone Avenue Unit O
Southwest Missouri
(417) 708-5650

Sugar Land Texas Office
104 Industrial Blvd, Suite 205
Sugar Land, TX
(832) 500-3560

Treasure Coast Florida Office
850 NW Federal Highway
Suite 165
Stuart, FL
(772) 247-2716

Tupelo Mississippi Office
Tupelo, MS
398 E. Main Suite 201 Tupelo, MS 38804 (662) 321-1679

West St. Louis County MO Office
15457 Clayton Road St. Louis, MO 63011 (636) 299-1944

West Tennessee Office
West Tennessee
47 A Murray Guard Dr. Jackson, TN 38305 (731) 868-4688

Westerville Ohio Office
5901 Chandler Ct.
STE C
Westerville, OH 43082
(614) 942-0247

Wilmington, North Carolina Office
890 S. Kerr Ave.
Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 200-4719

 

It’s not too late for National Merit! Here’s an alternate entry route into the Competition.

It’s not too late for National Merit! Here’s an alternate entry route into the Competition.

PSAT/NMSQT

This alphabet soup of an acronym stands for “Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test” and is one of the most important things to know for high school juniors. 

Any freshman or sophomore in high school can take the PSAT/NMSQT — to prep for the SAT— but only juniors can qualify to enter the National Merit Scholarship Competition. Out of the 1.5 million-or-so students who participate in the program every year, about 7,600 are selected for a Merit Scholarship award. These accolades range from cash payments to one-time designations to renewable college scholarships.

But here’s the rub: COVID-19 has obliterated a host of norms this year, and the PSAT/NMSQT is among them. Usually, the test is administered in October, but due to cancellations, a January date was added this year. However, it’s unclear whether health conditions will be safe enough to confirm the upcoming January date. If all this sounds deflating, fear not: Students can still qualify for the competition, only now through an alternative route. Here’s how.

A Move in the Right Direction

Juniors can enter without PSAT scores by using the competition’s alternative route. Since the SAT is still happening now and until the spring (using social-distancing guidelines), students can take the SAT and submit those scores in place of official PSAT scores. Swapping out the tests isn’t unique to the exigencies of 2020. Eligible students have long been able to opt to take the SAT instead of the PSAT for sundry reasons (sickness, emergencies, class cancellations, and so on). This measure has just been especially important this year.

So, Juniors: If you get to take the PSAT in January, you’re automatically enrolled in the competition. But, if you’re venturing down the alternative route, you need to fill out this application by April 1, 2021, and take the SAT sometime between August 2020–June 2021. Make sure you request that the College Board SAT Program send a report of your SAT scores to NMSC (code 0085). Please, please note that the SAT program will not report your scores unless you request it.

How Your Scores are Scored

If you thought “PSAT/NMSQT” looked funny, check out this equation: [2(R + WL + M)]. That’s basically a way of showing how the NMSC (or National Merit Scholarship Corporation) calculates how you did on the SAT. They tab up your reading (“R”), writing and language (“WL”), and math (“M”) totals and multiply that number by two. That new sum is your Selection Index score, which the NMSC uses in lieu of what would’ve been your PSAT score had you not gone down the alternative route.

As we mentioned earlier, about 1.5 million students enter this competition each year. Only about 3% (or 50,000 students) qualify for recognition. Even these high scorers subdivide into Commended Students — roughly 34,000 young scholars who receive letters in September lauding their academic potential — and Semifinalists, the 16,000 highest scorers in their respective states. For the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program, Class 101 has 17 Semifinalists across the country. 

Simple, Right?

Yeah, not exactly. From taking the (P)SAT to being named a Merit Scholar— it’s a journey, and Class 101’s college planners can equip students and families with the resources you’ll need to qualify for the alternative entry option, as well as guide you through all of the new requirements for 2021 and beyond. 

Ready to make test day the best day? Email info@class101.com to register for our SAT Prep Course or request more information. Just remember — it’s not too late for the National Merit.

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