EVERETT — More than 1,100 high school juniors in the Everett School District took a college entry pre-exam last month — with the fee waived.
The goal was for all 11th graders in the district to take the PSAT.
The test usually costs $25, but the district paid for the test costs out of its operating budget. School officials made the decision to pay for the test, because the Preliminary SAT is an important first step in the college admission process.
Making the PSAT available to all juniors during the school hours at no costs opens the doors for college eduction for many students, school officials said.
Many more students took the exam this year than the 638 who took it in 2010, the last year when the district didn’t pay for the exams.
The exam also identifies students who would do well taking advance placement courses, said Becky Ballbach, director for the district’s Student Support Service.
“We want every student to take advanced classes,” Ballbach said. “It has many benefits for students.”
In addition, the PSAT program automatically puts students into a scholarship and recognition competition including the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Students could also sign up for the Student Search Service which gives more information from college and scholarship organization.
The free PSAT program also include free access to My College QuickStart, an online college training center and career planning tool customized for each student.