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Nearly 40,000 School District High School Students Are Taking the PSAT/SAT for Free

Posted on October 12, 2017
Categories: Press Releases

PHILADELPHIA — The School District of Philadelphia is again providing free access and opportunity for 38,365 District high school students to take the SAT, Practice SAT (PSAT)/National Merit Qualifying Test, and PSAT 8/9.

“Anchor Goal 1 is about ensuring all children graduate ready for a career or college.  By making the PSAT/SAT and other key assessments free to high school students we begin to open the door to college.  This will also help identify more students for advance placement potential and work to build skills necessary for the next phase of their life,” said Dr. William R. Hite, Superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia.

“I am proud that in the 3rd year of this initiative we continue to increase access and opportunity for more high school students across the District,” added Hite.  This marks the third year the District has provided free assessments for students, with over 2,000 more students participating this year over last year.”

Number of students participating in free PSAT/SAT since 2015:    

2015-2016–30,431 (PSAT Only)
2016-2017–36,288
2017-2018–38,365

In addition to taking the SAT or PSAT at no charge, students have access to additional resources, including free SAT prep; personalized online instruction; and access to MyRoad, an interactive college and career planning website.  It also helps students better plan their careers and helps connects them with scholarship opportunities.

Last modified: October 12, 2017