Free SAT Offered to High School Students

Free SAT Offered to High School Students
Posted on 02/11/2020
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More than 13,000 high school juniors and hundreds of high school seniors in Palm Beach County schools will be taking the SAT, free of charge, at their schools on Wednesday, March 4.

Juniors are automatically enrolled to take the test. Parents should contact their child's school with questions.

The SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The SAT is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test created and administered by the College Board.

In 2010, the District became the first in the nation to offer the college-entrance exam for free to all high school juniors during what is called SAT Day.

“The goal is to eliminate barriers for students who might otherwise have skipped college entrance exams,” said Deputy Superintendent Keith Oswald.

Not only does the school-day testing eliminate the cost of the exam ($46-$60), but it also eliminates the burden of securing transportation to the testing site, missing work, caring for siblings, and other obligations that may prevent students from taking the exam when it is typically administered on Saturdays. Additionally, passing the SAT fulfills a graduation requirement for those students who do not pass the 10th grade Florida Standards Assessments (FSA).

In the decade since thousands of Palm Beach County students have taken advantage of the free SAT Day. Over that time, the District’s graduation rate has continued to climb, reaching 91.6 percent for the 2018-2019 school year.

“Fostering post-graduate success is one of the pillars of the School District’s Five Year Strategic Plan,” Oswald said. “Providing this opportunity is opening doors for our students to apply to college and further the world-class education that they have gained in our schools.”

Free preparation for the PSAT and SAT is available for students thanks to a partnership between the District and Khan Academy.

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