News NYC to make the SAT free for high school juniors, report says SAT test preparation books sit on a shelf at a Barnes and Noble store June 27, 2002. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Mario Tama By AMNY.COM October 26, 2015 5:41 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email New York City just made the SAT a lot less painful — at least on the pocketbook — for high school juniors. The New York Times reported Monday that the city will offer public school juniors the SAT for free beginning in the Spring 2016-2017 term. The goal, the Times reported, is to generate more interest in applying to college by lowering at least one barrier to entry. The SAT exam costs more than $50. “The opportunity to go to college should never be decided by students’ backgrounds or ZIP codes,” Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said in a statement obtained by the Times. The SAT is voluntary. The Education Department says 56 percent of the 2015 class took the SAT “at least once,” the Times reported. By AMNY.COM Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.