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    School-Day SAT and PSAT

    PSAT: October

    Seattle Public Schools administers the PSAT (Preliminary SAT) to sophomores and the PSAT/NMSQT to junior students on a regular school day in October. This is offered to all sophomores and juniors free of charge, no pre-registration required. Questions about specific administration details should be directed to the testing coordinator at the student’s school.

    SAT: March

    Seattle Public Schools administers the SAT to juniors on a regular school day in March. This is offered to all juniors free of charge, no pre-registration required. Questions about specific administration details should be directed to the testing coordinator at the student’s school.

    Student should bring the following items on the day of the test:

    • Two (2) sharpened #2 pencils with erasers 
    • An approved scientific or graphing calculator

    The PSAT

    Provides valuable feedback on strengths and the skills necessary for college study. Students can then focus their preparation on areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice. The PSAT measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills and writing skills.

    Gives insight on how a performance on an admissions test compares to others applying to college. Helps students prepare for the SAT. Students will become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions they will see on the SAT.

    Could help juniors qualify for scholarships. The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) for juniors is a program co-sponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corp. (NMSC).

    The SAT

    The SAT is the most widely used college admission test in the country. SAT scores demonstrate students are prepared for college with necessary skills and knowledge.

    The school-day administration offers these benefits:

    All of our juniors will be automatically registered for the exam. No action is required of families in advance.

    Snacks will be provided for the nearly four-hour test.

    No cost. Families and students will not be charged for the test, which normally carries a minimum cost of $57.00. The school-day test is free.

    Students may also send up to four score reports for free. The school-day test permits students to send score reports to as many as four colleges or scholarship programs.

    The test can be used as a substitute graduation requirement if the student didn’t meet passing scores on other assessments in ELA or math.

    More information

    Questions about specific administration details should be directed to the testing coordinator at the student's school.

    For general information, please contact the Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction Department.

    Additional information about the PSAT, the NMSQT, and the SAT can be found by visiting the College Board website.

    A Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT, including a practice test, was offered to each sophomore and junior through their home school. The College Board website also has practice tests and personalized study options with Khan Academy, all free of charge.