Dear Juniors and Parent/Guardians,


The Pleasanton Unified School District is beginning preparations to offer a school day administration of the SAT to juniors who are interested in using this exam as an alternate entry for the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) or for college admissions. As with all dates this year, the test administration is tentative and pending local health conditions and staffing.


We plan to offer the SAT School Day to interested juniors only at their respective high schools on:

  • Tuesday, April 13th for Amador Valley High School juniors for AVHS juniors only 
  • Tuesday, April 27th for Foothill High School juniors for FHS juniors only

Registration for the SAT School Day will be available to juniors only through from January 27th through February 10th, 2021. The testing fee will be $84.50, which is a price increase necessary to cover the costs associated with providing the test in a socially-distanced environment that meets Alameda County guidelines. Please note that no registrations will be available after February 10th and that there is a possibility that the test will be cancelled due to health conditions or staffing restrictions. We plan to notify families by March 3rd of our status as a test site for the SAT and will make every effort to give a partial refund if we are not able to offer the test (test fee will be refunded minus $4.38 processing fee).  Families who qualify for free/reduced lunch will be eligible for a reduced exam cost upon registration.  


Traditionally, a small number of students with a very high PSAT score would qualify to apply for the National Merit Scholarship. PUSD was not able to safely offer the PSAT in October 2020 or January 2021, but students can use an SAT score as an alternate way to enter the scholarship contest. Very few students qualify for NMSQT and, increasingly, colleges are not placing as much value on this single test’s results. If you are interested in learning more, here is the link to the alternate entry process for National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT). The deadline to register for alternate entry is April 1, 2021. National Merit will accept SAT scores from tests taken through June 2021.


Please note: The California State University (CSU) announced that itwill continue to temporarily suspend the use of ACT/SAT examinations in determining admission eligibility for all CSU campuses for the 2022-2023 academic year,” and “The University of California (UC) Board of Regents... unanimously approved the suspension of the standardized test requirement (ACT/SAT) for all California freshman applicants until fall 2024.” As an additional reference, please review this webinar PUSD hosted for students and families in September in partnership with various universities to get first-hand information about the reduced need for the SAT for college admissions this year: PUSD College Admissions in the COVID Era. Therefore, in deciding whether or not to take this exam, you should consider that many colleges no longer require or consider the SAT as an admissions component, and check the status of specific colleges on FairTest's website


We hope this helps you make an informed decision about testing.  We are making every effort to accommodate students who wish to test, and at the same time, we do not want to add to student stress levels.  If you have any questions about the SAT School Day, please contact your school’s SAT School Day Coordinator, listed below.




Terry Conde - AVHS SAT School Day Coordinator

Jennifer Friesen - FHS SAT School Day Coordinator