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BCPS to Offer the SAT Exam Free to All High School Juniors

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

As part of its mission to increase students’ access to college and to encourage and support a college and career-going culture, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) offers all high school juniors the opportunity to take the SAT, at no cost to students, on SAT School Day – April 12, 2016.  SAT School Day, in partnership with the College Board, provides equal access to all juniors in preparation for college admissions and scholarship opportunities.

The District’s SAT School Day initiative aims to remove barriers that may prevent students from taking the test, including a limited number of testing days and locations, financial concerns, lack of test prep opportunities and transportation to weekend testing sites.

“We want every student to be able to participate in the SAT process as part of their post-secondary pursuits,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “SAT School Day is the next step to making sure that every student is college and career ready. In partnering with the College Board to build a culture of college and career readiness, we are investing in every student’s future.”

By providing students with the opportunity to take the exam free of cost during the regular school day, the District has removed challenges and barriers that might further reduce students’ chances of participating.  The new SAT School Day initiative addresses disparities among students preparing for and taking the critical college access exam and furthers the District’s goal to strengthen paths that not only lead to graduation, but also prepare students for college and career.

“Many more Broward students will have a path to college thanks to Superintendent Runcie’s decision to bring the SAT School Day to every public school in the county,” said College Board President and CEO David Coleman.  “We are grateful to everyone at Broward County Public Schools whose dedication to students has made it possible to deliver these benefits.”

Test scores can weigh heavily in admissions to colleges and universities. They can also play a big role in awarding scholarships. For example, BCPS students currently take the PSAT/NMSQT in 10th grade, which offers students an opportunity to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. Through this partnership with the College Board, BCPS students will have access to online personalized learning through Khan Academy and other college planning tools that provide comprehensive information to guide students preparing for the SAT, and researching colleges and universities.  

“A college and career-going culture ensures that students are academically prepared, emotionally resilient, and that the admission tests and financial forms are completed before graduation,” said BCPS Chief Academic Officer Daniel Gohl. “Broward County Public Schools is focused on ensuring that all students complete the steps needed to have the choice of going to college.”

BCPS is one of 20 school districts in Florida taking part in the SAT School Day Program in partnership with the College Board.


The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world's leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program®. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators, and schools. For further information, visit www.collegeboard.org.

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