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. Now, Illinois and the College Board have 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.
Is this mandatory?
Yes. This testing is part of statewide high school accountability and every student is required to participate.
Who does this affect?
All Illinois high school juniors in 2017 will be taking the SAT.
Can my child use this test for college apps?
Yes. This is an official administration of the SAT and counts for college admissions.
What should I do?
Get your child started on prep three months prior to April so he or she can take advantage of the test date.
When will this be?
The test occurs Tuesday, April 11th, 2017. The makeup test date is scheduled for Tuesday, April 25th. Scores will be released on June 17th, 2017.
What does this cost?
There is no additional cost to students participating in the mandatory SAT testing.
- Email your school to verify that it is administering the SAT on April 11th and that your child is enrolled.
- Determine a target SAT score by talking about some potential colleges and looking up their average scores.
- Understand your child’s current likely score. Find your child’s PSAT scores and compare them to the target. PSAT scores are excellent predictors of SAT performance.
The nonprofit organization that produces the SAT and PSAT, the College Board is a resource for registering for test dates and accessing scores.
The nonprofit organization by the same name that produces the ACT, the ACT is a resource for registering test dates and accessing scores
Khan Academy partnered with the College Board to provide free official SAT prep materials.
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