BORGER, Texas (KVII) — Students in the Class of 2020 at Borger High School are part of a new trend. The students were the first to take the SAT Test on a weekday and the Borger Independent School District covered the cost of taking the SAT Test.
“What we're trying to do with them is eliminate all barriers to that college entrance exam,” said Matt Ammerman, principal at Borger High School.
The barriers Matt Ammerman talked about can prevent a student from taking the SAT Test. Borger ISD found by having the test offered on a weekday, and by paying for the test, students will not be burdened with cost or other conflicts such as sports, travel or work.
“It’s a blessing that the school is willing to use their funds and have the test on a weekday,” said Joseph Hood, parent. “My daughter has extracurricular activities and it takes a lot of Saturday’s away from her. It also kind of takes away from having to plan to get the test taken when we do it on a school day.”
The district is planning to cover the cost of the SAT Test in the future.
“We were able to take away these funds and pay for them to help them,” said Ammerman. “The kids don’t have to worry about ID’s or tickets or fees or waivers. They showed up today and we're testing them.”
Another factor as to why the SAT Test can be difficult is the high stress levels. Administrators at Borger High School believe by offering it on a weekday it will reduce testing anxiety. The cost to take the test is $47.50.
The SAT Test challenges students in four subjects: Reading, Writing, Language and Math. Ammerman tells ABC 7 News that 180 students took the SAT Test on Wednesday.