To encourage and support a college-going culture, Tacoma Public Schools will offer all seniors the opportunity to take the SAT exam, free of charge, as part of SAT School Day Oct. 16.
Throughout September, approximately 1,700 seniors will register for the SAT at their school. The district’s five comprehensive high schools, Science and Math Institute, School of the Arts and Oakland will administer the 3 ½-hour SAT exam that will test students’ knowledge in mathematics, reading and writing.
“SAT School Day is one way to provide information to every senior, regardless of academic or financial status, about their college and career readiness,” said Superintendent Carla Santorno. “Every student should see there’s a door open for them after high school and the SAT will help them identify those opportunities.”
This is the second year TPS will participate in SAT School Day, which enables seniors to take the nation’s most widely-used college entrance exam during the school day.
This ensures that promising students who might otherwise face barriers to standard Saturday testing―such as part-time jobs or family responsibilities―do not miss out on a chance at the college-going process.
By providing students with the opportunity to take the exam free of charge, the district has also removed any financial challenges that might further reduce students’ chances of participating. The district’s cost for the SAT is about $33 per student.
This also will be the second year that approximately 3,400 TPS freshman and juniors will take the PSAT exam, also free of charge, on Oct. 16. The district’s cost for the PSAT is about $11 per student.