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FREE SAT REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL JUNIORS
Registration is open for public school juniors to take the SAT college readiness exam for free during the school day. The test will be administered Wednesday, April 16 with a make-up day scheduled for Wednesday, April 30.
Funded by part of Delaware’s $119 million federal Race to the Top grant, the free school-day SAT administration began in 2011.
“The school day SAT administration promotes a school culture that encourages more students to pursue education after high school,” Secretary of Education Mark Murphy said. “The SAT is an admission requirement for many colleges and universities. Now every 11th grade student in Delaware public schools has the opportunity to take the exam.
“This especially is important for those who may not have the means or incentive to do so on their own,” Murphy said. “We want our students to have every option when they graduate, whether that is to pursue higher education or begin their careers. This could help some who never considered going to college before recognize the opportunity they have.”
Students can register for SAT School Day online at http://sat.collegeboard.org/schoolday/delaware through Wednesday, April 2. Students only need four things: email accounts, free College Board online accounts, their EDUID (State ID) numbers and their SAT student vouchers, available from their school counselors. Every SAT registration includes up to four free score reports that can be sent to colleges and scholarship services.
Registering for the SAT also enables students to participate in the College Board’s Student Search Service, through which students can let colleges, universities and scholarship programs know they are interested in hearing from them. Students participating in the Student Search Service also have the opportunity to receive educational and financial aid information from colleges, universities and scholarship programs.
Research has shown that taking a rigorous curriculum in high school is the best way to prepare for college and for the SAT. To help Delaware students familiarize themselves with the SAT and prepare for the SAT, the Delaware Department of Education and the College Board are providing all public school juniors with free access to The Official SAT Online Course™. Additional free and low-cost SAT practice tools and resources — including a free, full-length practice test and The Official SAT Question of the Day — are available at http://sat.collegeboard.org.
Students can use their SAT scores to research colleges and universities on the College Board’s free comprehensive college planning Web site, BigFuture.org. The BigFuture site was created with the Education Conservancy and in consultation with students and educators to help make the college planning process simpler and more accessible. BigFuture.org walks students through each step of the college planning process, from finding colleges that fit and writing a college essay to applying for financial aid. At the site, students can watch videos from real students giving tips on college planning, such as what do to on a campus visit, and explore college options with advice from school representatives.
Students also have access to Skills Insight, which is a general guide to help students determine their current skill level in reading, writing and math — the areas tested on the SAT.
Created by educators and aligned to Common Core State Standards, the SAT tests the reading, mathematics and writing skills and the knowledge students acquire during high school. The SAT provides a fair, national benchmark for assessing a student’s college and career readiness. Scores for each section of the SAT are reported on a 200- to 800-point scale, with additional subscores reported for the essay (ranging from 2 to 12) and for multiple-choice writing questions (on a 20- to 80-point scale). The SAT provides valuable feedback to students and families, including a detailed breakdown of a student’s score in each section, with insight into academic strengths and areas for improvement.