Taking the SAT is a critical stepping-stone on a student’s path toward college and career success. SAT School Day is an opportunity for all NYCDOE 11th grade students to take the SAT free of charge during a regular school day.
The citywide SAT School Day removes a number of barriers to SAT participation for students: individually registering for the test; requesting a fee waiver; traveling to an unfamiliar location; and having to take the test on a Saturday, when students and families may have other obligations. Incorporating the SAT as a school activity also promotes a strong college and career culture – students envisioning and thinking about college and career planning throughout their high school career.
5 Things Students and Families Can Do to Prepare for SAT School Day
- Create a College Board account and 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 SAT Structure 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.
Tips for Students Taking the Exam
- Get a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy breakfast.
- Pack your backpack with a few #2 pencils, a calculator, water and snacks the night before.
- Do not leave any answers blank, there are no penalties for wrong answers.
- Trust yourself and stay positive, you got this!