By Victor Shahov ’17 and Alison Wang ’17
This year’s seniors will be the last students to pay for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). The SAT and PSAT tests will be undergoing a major change, effective for all graduating classes after 2017.
In all the years before, sophomores and juniors took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) in October. However, in April, every sophomore will take the PSAT and every junior will take the SAT, without a fee.
Fees for the SAT have always been $57 with the essayand $45 without the essay.
“It’s a great change because there are students who don’t have the financial means to afford the fee,” said Dennis Calik ’18.
If students do wish to retake the SAT, they would have to pay on their own.
One of the downfalls to the new date of the PSAT is students won’t be able to apply for the scholarship, unless they find a school offering it.
“If you want to take part of the NMSQT,” said Principal Michael McDonnell, “You have to take the October version of the PSAT. You have to then call around to nearby schools to try to find a school that’s offering it.”
The PSAT is an indicator for how well a student will perform on the SAT the following year and guides students through the steps, such as tutoring and practice tests, they should take to get the best score possible.
With this new implementation, students won’t find it a hassle to go take a test on a Saturday at an unfamiliar school.
“When I took the SAT, I had to take two trains and a bus to Queen,” said Eliane Alexandre ’17. “The rooms were hot, small, and we didn’t start on time.”
Students still have the option to take the American College Test (ACT). There are no changes and any student can sign up to take it on www.actstudent.org. It currently costs $56.50 or $39.50 with no writing section.
Some seniors found the free SAT to be unfair, since seniors are the last to pay from their own pockets.
Abdullah Tariq ’17 said, “Our parents pay enough tax money and seniors aren’t even enjoying any of the benefits.”
Mr. McDonnell concluded, “Something is always going to make you unhappy within the limited time you’re in high school.”
This is a sophomore- junior progression. For further information, contact Mr. Christopher Miccio, testing coordinator.