College Access for All

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To support its High School College Access for All initiative, the New York City Department of Education will offer the SAT free of charge to all public school students during the school day in the spring of their high school junior year, starting in the 2016-17 school year.

This College Board program, called SAT School Day, will address disparities among students preparing for and taking critical college entrance exams.

The city will also offer the PSAT 10 to all public school sophomores.

SAT School Day

On SAT School Day, New York City juniors will take the SAT at their school during the school day, at no charge. The first citywide administration takes place on April 5, 2017.

Here’s how SAT School Day benefits students:

  • Weekday testing does not interfere with weekend work or family obligations.
  • Students don’t have to arrange transportation or find an unfamiliar testing site.
  • Test-day stress is lower because students are in a familiar location with familiar staff.

By giving all students access to this globally recognized college admission test, the program helps create a college-going culture in schools. SAT School Day also means that more students can participate in College Board programs that support college access, including college application fee waivers and Student Search Service®.

PSAT 10 for Sophomores

Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, the PSAT 10 will be offered to all tenth-graders in the spring, at no cost to students.

Like SAT School Day, offering all students the PSAT 10 helps create a college-going culture and expand access to college by:

  • Giving students early exposure to this type of assessment
  • Encouraging conversation in school and at home about college planning
  • Identifying students who are likely to succeed in AP courses
  • Connecting test-takers to scholarship and recognition programs
  • Connecting test-takers to colleges, through Student Search Service

Note: The PSAT/NMSQT and the PSAT 10 are the same test, offered at different times of year. The PSAT/NMSQT is only offered in the fall. The National Merit Scholarship Program uses only the PSAT/NMSQT — not the PSAT 10 — to screen candidates for its scholarships.

Resources for Educators

  • For Educators: Find the information, tools, and resources you need to help students prepare for the assessments and get ready for college.
  • Accessing Scores: Learn how to access scores on the integrated score reporting portal and get important news about benchmarks and percentiles.
  • SAT School Day: Get more details about how SAT School Day works and watch a video about how it can benefit students.

Resources for Students and Parents

  • Khan Academy®: Every student in the world now has access to high-quality test practice for free. Get the inside scoop on the SAT, and build your own personalized practice program today.
  • Daily Practice App for the SAT: Make practice part of your routine — any place, any time. Answer a question a day on the free Daily Practice for the New SAT app and get immediate feedback.
  • Big Future™: Visit this college planning website for tips, guidance, and stories from real students about how they found and got into their college. And check out YouCanGo!™ for true stories of students who made it to college despite obstacles.
  • CollegeGo App: This free app guides you through finding, applying to, and going to the right college for you.
  • Student Search Service: When you take the SAT or any SAT Suite of Assessment tests, you can opt in to this free program. It connects you with colleges and universities across the country who are looking for students like you.