SAT enrollment will be automatic for FWPS seniors next fall

From staff reports:

Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS) is making sure that as many students as possible can take the SAT with an automatic enrollment program.

The district is following its efforts from last year to make sure that the SAT test would be offered during a regular school day and covered the fees for the test.

The district will automatically pre-register all seniors beginning next fall, a move the district expects will increase the number of seniors who take the test. In 2012, 83.25 percent of FWPS seniors took the test.

"We are committed to creating a college-going culture by removing barriers to student participation, and this is one more way we can do that," said Superintendent Rob Neu in a news release.

According to the district, this effort removes a major barrier: self-limitation. With the removal of that barrier, "students who wouldn't have otherwise taken the test may find that it's not as hard as expected," which the district believes will provide the "encouragement some students need to apply for college."

The district made a big push last year to get students registered, but it still wasn't enough in some instances.

"The kids who are planning to go to college already know they need to register," said Dave Davis, director of assessment. "But the ones who don't have that mindset need to be reminded to register, sometimes more than once."

The district was able to do this by working with the College Board. After some negotiation, the College Board gave the green light on the automatic pre-registration, which is something the district already offers for the PSAT.

The district notes that students who take the SAT are able to access a number of resources, including:

• Free access to the Official SAT Online Course; the district notes that "additional free and low-cost SAT practice tools and resources, including a free, full-length practice test and a Question of the Day are available at

• Access to Skills Insight, a general guide to gauge a student's knowledge of reading, writing and math (

• Once students have their scores, they can research colleges and universities on the College Board's free comprehensive planning website,

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