7,000 Northside ISD juniors take FREE college entrance exam

March 23, 2016

For the second year in a row, NISD juniors will be able to take the SAT college entrance exam for free, thanks for money allocated by the Northside ISD Board of Trustees.

The test will be administered on Tuesday, April 12.  A potential 7,000+ juniors will be tested.

The SAT will be administered at no cost to the student during the school day and proctored by NISD teachers.

This is a departure from the past practice of taking the test on a Saturday at the students’ own expense and at a testing center that may not have been their home campus.

All juniors and their teachers have also been given access to Khan Academy online preparation materials and curriculum, which blends content and skills to reinforce learning and preparation for the SAT.

 “This means that every junior has access to a free and incredibly strong online prep program, which will assist with getting students ready for their SAT exam and give them greater confidence on test day.  Students will gain the added benefit of being able to taking the SAT exam at their home campus, on regular school day, with teachers and staff they are most familiar with,” says Anthony Jarrett, executive director of Secondary Administration.

 “This is not just about students taking another test or about saving them the expense of taking the SAT,” says Superintendent Dr. Brian Woods. “This is 100 percent about signaling to every single student that college is a real option and giving them the opportunity to take a college entrance examination during the school day, with transportation provided and in a familiar environment.”

“It is about giving every student who wants to go to college a fighting chance at a college scholarship and college education,” he adds.

Students needing to register should see their school counselor or visit sat.org/schoolday/april. Registration runs from now through March 29.