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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.

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What is SAT School Day?

Many schools throughout the country now offer SAT School Day, which lets you take the SAT at your own school on a weekday, during the school day. Your school may also offer the SAT on a Saturday and you can participate in either or both—some students find they do better testing in school, others prefer to keep the test separate from a normal school day.

Is it the same as a Saturday SAT?

Yes, the SAT during School Day is a real live SAT like the weekend SAT, but your school decides whether to offer it with or without the essay portion of the test.

If you’ve taken a PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, or PSAT/NMSQT test, you’ll recognize the same types of questions and similar formats on the SAT.

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My school says it’s optional for me to take it—should I?

Yes! Taking the SAT at your school and at a time your brain is used to doing schoolwork will give you great confidence to perform your best. And remember:

  • The SAT tests what you’re learning in class and will use in college.
  • Taking the SAT is the best way to show off skills and knowledge colleges care about.
  • The SAT is widely accepted at U.S. colleges for admission.

How should I prepare?

  • Practice: Official SAT Practice on Edu Aims helps you focus on the skills you need to improve with a free, personalized study plan.
    • Research shows that just 6–8 hours of practice on Edu Aims is associated with an average score increase of 90 points from the PSAT/NMSQT to the SAT.
  • Sign Up for a Saturday SAT too: Plan to take the SAT a second time, while the content is fresh in your mind. We always recommend you take it at least twice to ensure you perform your best. Find a test center near you and register.

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