The SAT’s are a critical stepping stone along each of our students’ paths towards college and careers. As a key part of our College Access for All initiative
- which supports schools in developing a strong college-going culture – this school year all New York City high school juniors will be able to take the SAT free of charge during the school day on April 5.
This work builds off of the success of New York City’s PSAT School Day, which began in 2007 and has resulted in a nearly threefold increase in the number of students taking the PSAT. Through SAT School Day, we are explicitly addressing financial and logistical barriers that have historically reduced our students’ chances of taking this exam. SAT School Day allows us to continue making progress in increasing college readiness and access to postsecondary success, as we work to ensure equity and excellence for all students.
SAT School Day Increases Opportunities for Students:
- Eliminates cost for exam and transportation, as well as the need to locate a testing site because students will test in their own schools.
- Enables 11th grade students to take the exam and to explore postsecondary options.
- Reduces test-day stress because students are in a familiar location with staff from their school.
- Allows students to maintain work or family weekend commitments.
- Connects all students to free college planning tools on the College Board website that help them learn more about the application process, access to financial aid tools, and explore majors.
5 Things Students and Families Can Do to Prepare for SAT School Day
- Create a College Board account, explore Big Future for college planning resources. Use the Make a Plan tool to get a step by step road map for applying to college.
- Create a Khan Academy account and link it to your College Board account to use your PSAT scores for personalized official SAT practice.
- Students requiring testing accommodations should submit consent forms to school counselor well in advance of test day.
- Familiarize yourself with the 8 Key Changes of the SAT and how to understand your scores.
- Determine the best fit colleges to send your scores to using your 4 free score sends from SAT School Day.
5 Things School Staff can do to Prepare for SAT School Day
- Promote the day! Share this video, hang up posters, hold assemblies, as well as other activities that inform school community about the day.
- Encourage students to take practice PSAT and SAT and support them to create College Board and Khan Academy accounts.
- Collect parent/guardian consent forms for students applying for College Board test accommodations.
- Plan activities for your non-testing students. For ideas visit pg.11 on OPSR planning toolkit.
- Set up your account in the College Board Educator Portal to access student score reports.
Resources for School Staff to Plan a Successful SAT School Day
- Planning Toolkit: Word Version/PDF Version) which includes
- P/SAT planning checklist, timelines and test plan
- Sample Activities for non-testing students
- Sample parent letters, FAQs and other communications to engage school community.
- Instructional supports toolkit (Word Version/PDF Version)
- SAT School Day Intranet Page
- College Board SAT School Day Test Center Supervisor manual.
Be Social! Join the online conversation!
Promote #CollegeAccessforAll in NYCDOE’s Facebook and Twitter pages
- Does your school have Twitter or Facebook profiles? SAT School Day can be a good opportunity to connect with students and families. Before creating a social media profile for your school, learn about NYC DOE Social Media Guidelines.
- Follow us on Twitter. Use our handles to mention/tag us in your tweets. Feel free to use and adapt any of the sample tweets and Facebook posts here.
- We want to see your pictures/videos! School staff print this flyer and write encouraging messages to your students. Tag your photos with #CollegeAccessforAll or @NYCschools for your opportunity to be shared.
- Retweet and share this video with your students and school community!
- If your school is not on social media, send encouraging messages, photos and captions to Kaity Modesto at Kmodesto@schools.nyc.gov and we will share them on official NYCDOE social media. Don’t forget to collect a media consent form if you haven’t already.