Updates for 2023-2024 School Year

Who: 12th graders
When: Fall - Individual Tacoma schools will choose a day
How: Digital administration at student's school, during the regular school day 

Who: 11th graders (12th graders may opt in)
When: Spring - Individual Tacoma schools will choose a day during the district window of March 4th-15th
How: Digital test administration at student's school, during the regular school day 

  • To remove financial barriers, TPS pays for SAT exam fees.
  • Students should bring their district laptop (making sure it is updated and charged), power cord, wired headset (no wireless), pen or pencil, and student ID. Students may also bring an approved calculator.
  • Please direct questions/concerns to the student's school.

What is the SAT?

The SAT is a standardized college admission exam that measures a student's literacy, mathematics, and writing skills. It is a multiple choice, digitally administered exam that provides colleges with a common data point to use in evaluating applicants. When combined with other measures such as grade point average, courses taken, and admissions interviews, SAT scores may be considered indicators of academic success in college.

View SAT Frequently Asked Questions for TPS Families

There are two main SAT sections - Math and Reading & Writing.

Online score reports show the skills students should work on and connect students to the following resources:

  • Free LIVE Tutoring is available through, students access tutoring through Clever
  • Khan Academy- Free personalized SAT study based on your test results
  • AP Potential™- Feedback and recommendations on future classes
  • Career Finder- where students can create their own career roadmap
  • BigFuture- explore colleges, majors, and careers
  • Student Search Service- Connect and receive information about educational and financial aid opportunities from eligible colleges, universities, and other scholarships and educational programs.

Who takes the SAT?

TPS offers the SAT to all enrolled 12th graders on a school day in the fall and to enrolled 11th graders on a school day in the spring. TPS pays the SAT exam fees for enrolled TPS students and preregisters them for the offered session. Students in other grades, or those who prefer to take the test on a Saturday, may do so at their own cost.

How is the SAT administered?

It is a digital exam administered at a school location, during the regular school day.