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PSAT/SAT Update

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Dear WCCUSD community,

We have received a number of questions from students, parents, and community members inquiring about the administration of the College Board’s PSAT/NMSQT and the SAT in WCCUSD for the 2021-22 school year.

For this 2021-22 school year, WCCUSD will not be hosting the PSAT/NMSQT test administration at school sites. 

The district has submitted applications to the College Board to host the SAT on Saturdays and El Cerrito High School has recently been approved as a test site center. The SAT administration at El Cerrito High School will occur on March 12, 2022. 

Students will need to create an account with the College Board, and select El Cerrito HS as the test site when registering to take the SAT. Click here for the registration link, SAT Test Dates, and Deadlines.

Background information

WCCUSD previously participated in the SAT School Day program, in which WCCUSD students in 10th-11th grade took the PSAT/NMSQT exam and all 12th graders took the SAT exam during the school day at their site. However, factors like budget cuts, ruling from the California Supreme Court, and feedback from site administrators and school counselors influenced the decision to not participate in the administration of the SAT School Day for this fall 2021 semester.

During a presentation to the Board of Trustees at the June 7, 2021 meeting, it was noted that the SAT School Day Program was very expensive and required at least two full grade levels to test -- effectively shutting down the school day whether students needed the SAT/PSAT or not.

Where to take the SAT now

There are still places in California that are still offering SAT testing to eligible students. For the 2021-2022 school year, there are 5 upcoming test dates for the SAT.

SAT Upcoming Dates

·       November 6, 2021

·       December 4, 2021

·       March 12, 2022

·       May 7, 2022

·       June 4, 2022

The closest to West Contra Costa appears to be in Oakland. The SAT will be offered at Oakland High School on the dates above.

Sincerely, 

Dr. Kenneth Chris Hurst
Superintendent