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Taking the SAT During School?

Get Ready for SAT School Day

Taking the SAT® in School? This article will help you understand what to expect and how to prepare.


What’s SAT School Day?

Many schools throughout the country now offer the SAT in school on a school day.  SAT on a school day is usually only open to students in that school. In some states, districts, and schools, the entire grade level tests, while in others it’s up to each student to decide. Your school may also be a test center that offers the SAT on a weekend, and you can participate in either or both.

Hear some of your peers talk about their experience with SAT School Day, and get more information.


Is it the same as a Weekend SAT?

Yes. The SAT during a school day is a real live SAT like the weekend SAT, but your school decides whether to offer it. In some states, the essay portion of the test is also required.

If you’ve taken a PSAT™ 8/9, PSAT™ 10, or PSAT/NMSQT®, you’ll recognize the same types of questions and similar formats on the SAT. Just like the PSAT-related assessments, the SAT is now digital. See what to expect.


My school says it’s optional for me to take the SAT. Should I?

Yes! Taking the SAT at your school and at a time you’re immersed in schoolwork will give you confidence to perform the best you can. And remember:

  • The SAT tests what you’re learning in class and can help you stand out on college applications, including applications for colleges that are test optional.
  • You can decide whether to send your scores, so you can keep your options open.
  • You’ll get exclusive access to the BigFuture® School mobile app to perform crucial tasks such as getting your scores, connecting with colleges and scholarship opportunities, and exploring customized career guidance.


How should I prepare?

You’ll find more information on SAT School Day and upcoming administration dates here.