4 Tips to Save Money on SAT Preparation and Testing
Taking the SAT, sending test scores to schools, buying SAT prep books or apps, and taking SAT prep courses can get expensive. But preparing for and taking the SAT doesn’t have to break the bank. Use these four tips to save money on SAT test-taking and preparation:
1. Take advantage of SAT School Day.
If you live in a state or school district that participates in SAT School Day on October 16, take advantage of this. This year, the SAT will be administered
during the school day to all public school juniors and/or seniors in Delaware, Idaho and Washington, DC., as well as to students in more than 60 districts in these 12 states: California, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington.
The SAT School Day option allows you to take the test in a familiar environment, plus it doesn’t interfere with after-school activities. Online registration for the October 16 SAT School Day test date opened on September 4, so contact your high school guidance counselor to get an SAT School Day student voucher and sign up.
If you don’t live in a state or school district that offers the SAT School Day option, and you can’t afford to pay for the test, check out SAT’s fee waiver option and see a list of the 2013-14 SAT test dates.
2. Know what colleges you’re interested in before signing up.
While you don’t need to know exactly where you’re going before you take the test, it’s a good idea to do some research on schools and have a list of the top four colleges you’re interested in. Why? Because during registration for the SAT, you can choose to send your test score report to up to four institutions for free. Sending to additional schools costs $11.25 each. Use SAT’s code search to find the code for the college you want to send your scores to.
3. Use free or low-cost SAT apps.
See several free or low-cost (under $10) smartphone apps to help you prepare for the SAT.
4. Get free resources on the SAT website.
SAT offers several free test preparation resources on its website, including a free question of the day, sample practice questions, a free full-length practice test and a “Getting Ready for the SAT” PDF booklet. Plus, SAT’s free Skills Insight tool helps you prepare. Additionally, if you’re interested in The Official SAT Study Guide with DVD, try checking your local library for the book first, before buying it online. (Use WorldCat to see which libraries near you carry it.)