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Free up your Saturday | School-Day Standardized Testing

Written By: Ralston Hartness - Community Outreach and Scholarship Coordinator

Free up your Saturday

High school is busy…

Very few people really enjoy getting up early on Saturday mornings. This is especially true if you are in high school – you’re getting up early every day to get to school. Perhaps you are also working a job in the evenings, staying at school late for band practice, or helping your parents transport and care for siblings. All in all, the life of a high school student can be hectic!

When Saturday rolls around, the last thing you really want to do is get to school by 8 AM to take an SAT or ACT. Like many things in life, you have to do this at times. However, research shows that there could be a better way to administer the SAT and ACT. Not only does it save you some hours on your highly-valued Saturday, but it also levels the playing field across socioeconomic strata and demographic lines.

Universal School-Day Testing

The New York Times reported last year that school-day, universal testing has proven successful for leveling the playing field for all students. Many students, across many demographics, have trouble with Saturday testing – due to work commitments, financial concerns, or family circumstances. Some schools are administering the SAT and ACT during a school day just like other tests. This provides the test to all students at no cost as well as in a time frame that works for them. This school district in Washington state had a 92% attendance rate for students who signed up!

This sounds great to me…

What does this mean for me? Well, it means a few things.

  1. Ask your school counselor if your school offers school-day standardized testing!
  2. If your school offers universal testing, sign up! Whether you have taken tests many times or not yet, this is a cost- and time-effective chance to do so.
  3. If your school does not yet offer universal testing, express your interest to your school counselor. This program has grown the past few years and will continue based on student and school interest!

Reach out to Ralston ([email protected]) if you’re interested in learning more about universal testing but don’t know where to begin!

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