School-Day PSAT and SAT
School-Day PSAT and SAT for Seattle Public Schools Students
Seattle Public Schools contracts with the College Board for the school-day PSAT and SAT only. The district—as a single entity—does not contract with the College Board for Saturday testing or the ACT.
For any issues concerning Saturday testing or rescheduling due to cancellations, please contact the College Board directly.
Get SAT and PSAT Ready
- October 11, 2023 will be the school day SAT for all 12th grade students.
- The College Board only provides districts with the paper option for school-day SAT in October.
- October 16-31, 2023 will be the test window for school-day PSAT/NMSQT for 11th grade.
- The College Board has transitioned the PSAT/NMSQT to a digital exam and SPS High Schools will administer the PSAT/NMSQT during this window.
- All 11th grade students will be required to use their SPS devices for the PSAT/NMSQT. This will ensure that technical assistance can be provided on-site by SPS staff on the day of testing.
- SPS students will be automatically registered for the SAT and PSAT/NMSQT
- Create your free College Board account
- Check out the College Board website for FREE test prep resources
- Contact your high school counselor or academic intervention specialist for additional information
- Review approved calculators for SAT and PSAT – contact your counselor or academic intervention specialist if you need help obtaining a calculator for the test
About the SAT
The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) is the most widely used college admission test in the country. SAT scores are one tool used to demonstrate student college and career readiness.
The school-day administration offers these benefits:
- No cost. The school-day test is free for SPS students.
- 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.
- Additional pathway to graduation. A qualifying score on the SAT can be used as a graduation pathway for ELA and/or math. Current qualifying scores are 410 for ELA and 430 for math.
About the PSAT
The (Preliminary SAT) 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).
Fee Waivers and Benefits
Students who qualify for free or reduced price meals (FRL) may be eligible to receive additional benefits from the College Board such as free SAT tests and unlimited sending of scores. In order to receive these benefits, applicants must check the box on the form for ‘Pre College Exams’ in section number 7 of the free or reduced price meals form and sign.
Supports for Students with Disabilities and English Learners
Support for Students with Disabilities
Accommodations may be available for the PSAT/SAT for students with documented disabilities in a 504 Plan or IEP. Parents must initiate the request well in advance for accommodations by completing the consent form and submitting it to the school’s SSD coordinator with the necessary documentation. From that point, the SSD coordinator will make the formal request to the College Board for approval. Any accommodations for testing must be approved first by the College Board. Accommodations may include extra time, separate setting, or large print booklets.
SAT Supports for English Learners
Supports for students in the English Learner program may be available for the SAT including translated directions, extra time, and use of an approved bilingual dictionary. Contact your school’s SAT coordinator for additional information and questions about eligibility.
Questions about specific administration details should be directed to the testing coordinator at the student’s school.
Additional information about the PSAT, the NMSQT, and the SAT can be found by visiting the College Board website. The College Board website also has practice tests and personalized study options, all free of charge.