On April 5th, 2017 all Illinois high school juniors will take the SAT.

Why does this matter? In 2016, only 5000 Illinois students took the test. Effective this spring, Illinois and the College Board partnered to administer the SAT as the state’s accountability exam and every junior will now take a new four hour exam.

The mandated SAT in April also matters for getting into college. Juniors and seniors submit the SAT to colleges as a significant part of the application. That means the SAT in April is worth thinking about. And it's time to start thinking now.

We researched Illinois’s change to the SAT and why it matters for parents in the free eBook, Illinois SAT: Parent’s Survival Guide.