As was announced in the news this week, fewer students chose to take the SAT® test than the ACT®. This is the second year in a row that CollegeBoard’s signature test has lost market share to the curriculum-based ACT® test
In an effort to boost the number of students opting for their test, CollegeBoard has offered school districts the opportunity to offer a closed SAT® to senior students in the district’s high schools. Seniors will be assisted with registration by school personnel and will take the tests in their own classrooms with proctors who they are likely to know. Students from schools outside the district will not be able to register for this closed testing.
CollegeBoard’s new marketing strategy has raised more than a few eyebrows because of the apparent advantage it gives students in participating districts. Students outside those districts are left to navigate the registration process on their own. They will also have to take the test on a Saturday – a challenge for many athletes and students who have weekend jobs - at a school whose classrooms and proctors are likely to be unfamiliar to them.
Locally, the Issaquah School District has opted to take advantage of this extra SAT® testing for their high school students. The test will be offered to seniors attending Issaquah High School, Liberty High School, and Skyline High School on Wednesday, October 16 – the same day the PSAT® is offered in many schools.