The registration fees for the ACT and SAT tests can be pretty steep. For students of some states, the good news is that they do not have to pay any registration fee.
There are 18 states that administer the SAT and ACT to juniors without charging them any registration fees. Here’s the breakdown.
These states provide the SAT free to all juniors:
- New York
- New Hampshire
- In Colorado, the SAT is only free for juniors in public schools.
- The SAT is not required in the District of Columbia but is offered free to all juniors and seniors in the state who wish to take it.
- In Maine, the SAT used to be mandatory for all juniors. It is now optional and offered free of charge.
- The SAT is not required in Rhode Island, but juniors who want to take it will have the option to take it for free in school.
- In the states of Arizona, Minnesota, Tennessee, Florida, Texas, and Maryland, a few schools or districts can administer the SAT exam to their students. This may be optional or a mandatory requirement.
If you live in one of the states that offer the SAT for free, you must take the test on the statewide testing date to avail of this benefit.
States where junior students can take the ACT for free:
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
If your state does not appear on this list, don’t worry just yet. There are options to get your entrance exam fee waived, provided you meet a few requirements.
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