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SAT School Day

Montgomery County Public Schools Covering Cost of SAT or ACT For All Grade 11 Students

Free SAT During the School Day Offered in Selected Schools  

Launching this spring 2018, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will begin covering the cost of one SAT or ACT (without the optional Essay) for each Grade 11 student. Not only will this allow greater access to national test administrations of the SAT and ACT throughout the year, but it also will allow MCPS to begin offering college entrance examinations during the school day.  This will support our efforts to remove barriers associated with college entrance examinations and ensure equitable access to these important steps to college and career readiness.

As a pilot during the 2017–2018 school year, schools have the option of either offering SAT School Day, a school day administration of the SAT, or offering MCPS payment for a national administration of the SAT on a Saturday in spring 2018. Students also have the option of utilizing a voucher for ACT national administrations in lieu of the SAT.

SAT School Day

For schools offering the SAT during the school day in spring 2018, all Grade 11 students will have the opportunity to take the SAT (without the optional Essay) during the school day. Schools selected testing dates of either March 7, March 21, April 10, or April 24, 2018.

Optional Essay: Since most students take the SAT/ACT more than once, students wishing to take the SAT with Essay are encouraged to do so during another national administration. If students/parents wish to take the SAT with Essay, options include:

  • Participate in SAT School Day (without Essay) and register for a future SAT national administration with Essay (note, most students take a college readiness exam more than once)
  • Decline SAT School Day and register on own for a SAT national administration

Please contact your child’s school regarding specific dates and options for SAT School Day.

SAT National Administrations

For schools not offering SAT School Day, students have the opportunity for MCPS cover the cost of a national Saturday administration on March 10, May 5, or June 2, 2018. Students are registering at school so that payment can be processed.
Optional Essay: MCPS is covering the cost of the standard test without Essay. Students    ishing to add the Essay can log-in to the College Board account to add the essay for their test administration, payable by credit card.

ACT National Administrations

For students opting to take the ACT instead of the SAT, vouchers have been provided to schools to offer for the national administrations on Saturday, April 14 or Saturday, June 9, 2018.
Optional Writing Section: MCPS is covering the cost of the standard test without Essay. Students wishing to add the Essay can log-in to the ACT account to add the Writing Section for their test administration, payable by credit card.

School counselors are working individually with students to identify the appropriate test and support registration for one of the dates above. Please note that students taking the SAT during a school day must adhere to the same testing protocols that take place on national testing dates.

Parental Consent for SAT School Day

Prior to SAT School Day, there is a two-part pre-administration session.  First, to save time during the actual test administration, certain information about your child will be provided to the College Board, (the provider of the SAT) in advance of the SAT School Day. The required information covers basic information (such as name, school, state student ID, grade, gender, and date of birth) and is needed to identify your child’s test and provide a score report.

Second, your child will have the opportunity to participate, with your consent, in the optional Student Data Questionnaire. The College Board gives students and families complete discretion regarding any voluntary information they provide as part of the Student Data Questionnaire. Information gathered is used for group reporting, for analysis to ensure that the exams are fair for all groups, to connect your child with potential colleges or scholarship opportunities, and for research. Read more about the Student Data Questionnaire below.

To provide consent for your child to participate in the optional Student Data Questionnaire, students must return a signed consent form by before the school pre-administration session. Parents/guardians can provide consent by logging-in to the MyMCPS Portal account, or returning a signed form to the school.

Whether or not you consent for your child to participate in the optional Student Data Questionnaire, your child will still be able to participate in SAT School Day in spring 2018.


Your child’s responses to all questions on the Student Data Questionnaire, other than the required registration questions, are optional as explained on the inserted copy of the SAT Student Answer Sheet Instructions.

  • Give counselors and college admission officers information to help your child plan for the future. The more information they have, the more assistance they can give to you.

  • Provide information to the College Board that ensures the exam is a fair and accurate test for all students.

  • Are used by the College Board for research and planning to improve our tests and services.

  • Contribute―combined with responses of all other students taking the same exam ―to an understanding of your graduating class. This lets colleges and universities deliver programs and opportunities to serve you and your classmates.

A primary benefit of completing the optional Student Data Questionnaire is to participate in Student Search Service, which is a program that connects your child to college and scholarship opportunities that reflect your child’s interests. If you choose to permit your child to complete the optional Student Data Questionnaire, the data your child provides will be added to your child’s College Board student record, even if you choose not to participate in Student Search Service. 

Additional information on the student data questionnaire can be found here:

Students will receive a Registration Guide before the test administration, and parents/guardians can also access it online at
The guide includes the questions that appear on the Student Data Questionnaire and how responses will be used.

MCPS has a data sharing agreement with College Board for the administration of SAT Day. The College Board has assured MCPS that it only shares data with eligible colleges, universities, and scholarship and educational opportunity programs that sign a license agreement with the College Board. The College Board consistently monitors these organizations’ use of student information for compliance. Individual student scores are not shared through Student Search Service, and you may withdraw your participation in Student Search Service at any time. To be clear, completion of the Student Data Questionnaire and participation in Student Search Service are optional and voluntary for all students. Learn more in the College Board Privacy Policy, which covers the Student Data Questionnaire, at

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