Carroll County Public Schools will be offering the SAT to students enrolled in grades 12 and 11 within Carroll high schools on October 14th, 2020, in a school-day test format.
This will allow students currently enrolled in grades 12 and 11 in a Carroll high school to take the SAT within their home school while observing proper distancing and health-related protocols. Detailed health guidelines and expectations will be shared with test participants prior to test administration day. Only students enrolled at the individual high school will be eligible to test on the October 14th date.
Students will be able to sign up for this SAT test directly with their high school and do NOT need to pre-register through their College Board accounts. School-based coordinators will contact students with the sign-up process details, collect their fees, and secure faculty and staff to proctor the test. Fees for the school day test are the same as for the weekend SAT- $52 for standard SAT, $68 for SAT with Essay option.
College Board has committed to scoring SAT tests within a two-week window, and the SAT with Essay will be scored within a two week + 10 day time frame.
Students participating in the school day SAT on October 14 will not miss synchronous instruction from their teachers, as those sessions will be suspended for the day to allow students to test. Students not testing will still be assigned classwork to further learning.
Grade 11 students are encouraged to take the Preliminary SAT, also known as the PSAT/NMSQT® (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), as a practice version of the SAT exam. Students can only take the PSAT once per year, and many students take the test in both 10th and 11th grade. Students earning a high score on the PSAT their junior year could qualify to receive a National Merit Scholarship.
The PSAT/NMSQT will be offered at home schools on October 29th as a practice for SAT and for the possibility of being given National Merit recognition and scholarship awards. It is highly recommended for juniors to follow the traditional pathway and take the NMSQT in the fall and then the SAT, after more instruction, in the spring semester. This has typically yielded higher SAT scores for students.
Grade 10 students are encouraged to take the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) also offered at their home schools this fall on October 29th. This test provides valuable practice with SAT-like questioning and identifies students’ strengths and areas were more study is needed.
Both the PSAT for grade 10 and the PSAT/NMSQT for grade 11 will be coordinated by school-based staff who will communicate with their individual school families for sign up and fee details. Like with the SAT, students participating in the October 29th testing for grades 10 and 11 will have synchronous instruction suspended for the day so they do not miss teacher interaction.
For all of these opportunities, families should be watching for more detailed information from their home school regarding sign up and deadlines.