WARWICK, R.I. – Governor Gina M. Raimondo joined students at Pilgrim High School in Warwick for a PSAT pep rally today. Thanks to new funding in the budget, both the SAT and PSAT will be offered for free and during the school day to 10th and 11th grade public high school students. Students across the state, including these students at Pilgrim High School, will take the PSAT test on Wednesday, October 19th. The Governor joined school leaders at Pilgrim High School and local elected officials at the pep rally to encourage students to participate on Wednesday, do their best on the test, and keep reaching for postsecondary education.
Previously, students paid up to $54 to take the SAT and $15 to take the PSAT and often had to take the test on a Saturday. In the 2015-2016 school year, about 60 percent of public high school students took the SAT and less than 50 percent of 10th-graders took the PSAT. Breaking down barriers by offering free testing during the school day will help increase participation rates for these students and will ensure that all students, regardless of economic circumstances, can consider postsecondary education opportunities. Based on enrollment data, around 20,000 public high school students will benefit from this plan.