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State and Local Testing

PSAT/SAT/ACT Information


The PSAT provides practice for the SAT and qualifies students with high enough scores as National Merit Finalists.  The test will be administered October 14, 2020.  Registration will be open September TBD.  BISD pays for all 10th and 11th grade students to take the PSAT. All 9th graders are automatically registered to take the PSAT 8/9 free of charge on this day as well.  (more info:

Students who live in the BISD school zone but do not currently attend a Bryan ISD school can sign up to take the PSAT as well.  Please contact our testing coordinator, Natalyn Samuels, for further details:

Scores typically arrive on campus during the week of Fall final exams and are distributed in January.  For information on score interpretation after the test, students should visit and login to "My College QuickStart" using the individualized access code printed on their score sheet. 

National Merit Semifinalists are announced in September.  Approximately 1.5 million students in about 22,000 high schools take the PSAT.  Of those students, about 16,000 are named National Merit Semifinalists and about 34,000 earn Commended designation.


The SAT and ACT are both standardized tests used in college admissions.  Most colleges will accept scores from either test. 

Want practice?  Khan Academy is an outstanding resource that partners with College Board to provide test prep for the SAT (see flyer below).  You can also try March2Success for practice tests and flashcards.  A local resource is Sylvan Learning.  They offer free practice tests several Saturdays during the year and a powerful online test prep tool where you can take practice tests, see your score immediately, then go question-by-question to get a tutorial on the ones you missed.  To get a login to use this free resource, you will need to stop by the Sylvan Learning Center at 1105 University Drive East, Suite 104.

Online registration is available on the website indicated below.  Be sure to select colleges to send your scores to; this is part of the cost of the test.

SAT  (

Cost is $51 (students who receive free or reduced price lunch can get a fee waiver in the GO Center)

Register for the Reasoning Test

*  Subject tests are required by some colleges or for some majors

ACT  (

* Cost is $52.50 for ACT + Writing (students who receive free or reduced price lunch can get a fee waiver in the GO Center)

Cost is $36.50 for ACT No Writing

2020-2021 Test Dates



SAT School Day

SAT School Day provides schools, districts, and states a way to offer the SAT to juniors and seniors in school, on a weekday, expanding access to a globally recognized college admission test that's accepted at all U.S. colleges. Over 3.7 million students in over 3,000 districts and 9,000 schools have participated in SAT School Day.

By breaking down barriers to access, SAT School Day can have a profound impact on a community—opening doors to college, scholarships, and financial aid for every student.

SAT School Day will take place once in the Fall and once in the Spring. The Fall test date is October 14, 2020 and is for SENIOR ONLY. The Spring test date is March 23, 2021 and is for JUNIORS ONLY.

Advanced Placement*

AP courses offer students college-level curriculum and exams which provide students the opportunity to earn college credit.  These exams are offered each May, with results arriving in July:

Sign up here:

Cost: $50 (payments may vary based on state funding adjustments)

Campus Contact:Natalyn Samuels (

Students who live in the BISD school zone but do not currently attend a Bryan school can sign up to take the AP exams as well.  Please contact our campus testing coordinator, Natalyn Samuels, for further details.

*Under TEC §29.916, school districts are required to allow home school students the opportunity to participate in PSAT/NMSQT and Advanced Placement (AP) testing that each district provides enrolled students. The statute also requires districts to notify the public via website or local newspaper of: the dates of PSAT/NMSQT and AP tests; that home school students are eligible to take the test; and the procedures for registering for such tests. This public notice must be posted or published at the same time and with the same frequency as the notice given to students attending the school district.