Colorado students who missed last week’s deadline to take the PSAT can still compete for National Merit scholarships, if they take a different test.

Each October, about 1.6 million students in 11th grade take the PSAT. Roughly 7,600 will qualify for $2,500 scholarships, though some receive additional corporate-sponsored scholarships. The last of three possible dates to take the test was Wednesday, when most schools along the Front Range were closed because of heavy snowfall.

Katy Wheat, spokeswoman for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, said students who couldn’t take the test because of snow or any other reason can submit a note explaining that they need an exemption. Those students can then take the SAT, possibly multiple times, and submit their best score for consideration, she said.

The National Merit corporation is working with some schools in Colorado on exemptions for students, since large numbers weren’t able to take the test because of weather, Wheat said. It’s not unusual for whole schools to need an exemption because of severe weather or a something like a teachers’ strike, she said.

“We have something like this every year,” she said.

The PSAT costs $17, but some schools elect to cover the fee for students. It’s not clear if students who paid but were snowed out can get that money back. The SAT costs about $50, but low-income students can apply for a waiver.