Tacoma Public Schools will offer all seniors the opportunity to take the SAT exam for free as part of SAT School Day on Oct. 16.
Throughout September, approximately 1,700 seniors will register for the SAT at their school. The district’s five comprehensive high schools, the Science and Math Institute, the School of the Arts and Oakland High School will administer the 3.5-hour SAT exam that tests 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,” Superintendent Carla Santorno said in a news release. “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 Tacoma 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 students who might otherwise face barriers to Saturday testing do not miss out. It also removes financial barriers. The district’s cost for the SAT is about $33 per student.
This also will be the second year that approximately 3,400 Tacoma freshmen and juniors will take the PSAT exam, also free and also on Oct. 16. The district’s cost for the PSAT is about $11 per student.