GISD juniors take SAT for free

Getting students college-ready goes beyond just curriculum in Garland ISD. Thanks to the introduction of SAT School Day in spring 2016, every junior now has the opportunity to take the college readiness exam on campus at no cost.That is why the district hosts SAT School Day, giving every junior an opportunity to take the college readiness exam on campus at no cost.

"The SAT is a strong predictor of success in college," said Advanced Academics Administrator Kristyn Edney. "Taking it in March of their junior year allows students to improve skills prior to testing again, if needed. GISD also pays for all eighth through 11th-graders to take the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) in the fall, and our partnership with Khan Academy provides personalized study plans."

The newly redesigned SAT features an optional essay and no penalty for guessing. Students do not need to register for the March exam, but must bring a photo ID. By linking CollegeBoard and Khan Academy accounts, testers can get personalized practice for free based on their PSAT scores. CollegeBoard also offers a smartphone app for daily practice.

For more information, visit the college and career readiness website.