LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Taking the SAT will be a lot easier for high school students in the District this year.
Mayor Vincent Gray announced Tuesday that all juniors and seniors in D.C.’s public high schools, including charter schools, will be able to take the SAT for free this school year.
Gray said the goal is to encourage more students to take the college entrance exam, which is required to apply to many colleges and universities.
“I’m so pleased that we are able to make this crucial college-entrance exam more accessible to all of our students, making it easier for them to gain admission to institutions of higher education across the country,” Gray said in a statement.
The Office of the State Superintendent of Education will foot the bill for D.C. students, paying $224,084 to ensure that 7,300 D.C. students can take the test free of charge, The Washington Post reports. Registration for the SAT costs $51 per student, although low-income students can apply to have the fee waived.
The SAT, which is published by the College Board, also will be offered during school hours at each of the District’s 34 high schools. Exams usually are given on Saturdays.
Juniors and seniors can obtain a voucher from the registration coordinator at their school, and the voucher can be used to register for the SAT online.
Registration for the exam begins Sept. 4. Seniors will take the test Oct. 16 and juniors Feb. 26.