Students are our most powerful advocates for college access tools and information. An Official SAT Practice Student Ambassador program can help you amplify student voices in your mission to increase access to college and career in your school or district.
Goals of the program
By creating your own Official SAT Practice Student Ambassador program, you’ll give students a unique opportunity to grow their leadership skills and engage them in building knowledge for students and staff in your school or district about the importance of college, the SAT, and making time for Official SAT Practice.
Who should sign up?
Students: If you are interested in signing up to be an Official SAT Practice Ambassador, please click here to complete the student sign-up form. Remember to get permission from a teacher before signing up!
What are the benefits?
The Official SAT Practice Student Ambassador program is a unique opportunity for students and educators. Educators will:
- Engage students in your school's or district’s goals around college access.
- Give students a growth opportunity that helps them develop and flex their skills in leadership, public speaking, organization, collaboration (with peers and adults), and service to others.
- Build and strengthen your college access efforts with direct student input.
- Nominate Ambassadors for Gold Leaf status from the College Board and get national recognition. (Gold Leaf Ambassadors are nominated by their educators for going above and beyond their Ambassador duties by demonstrating initiative, strong skills in collaboration, organization, or leadership, and growth of character. Check out the FAQs for more information).
Leadership is something that comes naturally to him, but with the Ambassador program, it's his character that has truly developed. He truly cares about others and I have witnessed him give up his seat to allow [others] to move ahead.
—Damon Rayburn, Advanced Academics Specialist, Pearland Independent School District, Texas
Being an ambassador has really shown her that self-empowerment leads to empowering others. She is really beginning to understand how powerful a single voice can be.
—Jennifer Ertel, College Readiness Department, Houston Independent School District, Texas
Sharing their perspective helped create a more student-centered process in the College and Career Resource Center.
—Malia Kau, College and Career Counselor, Radford High School, Honolulu, Hawaii
We're excited that you’re interested in running an Official SAT Practice Student Ambassador program at your school.
We've created an Educator Toolkit and Ambassador Toolkit that outline your role and responsibilities, provide a sample timeline, a planning guide, and more to help you shape your program. Download your toolkits here.
We look forward to hearing about your successes and challenges as we continue to grow and develop this program. Reach out to us at [email protected] with any questions or recommendations.
Getting Started Guide at a Glance:
Download the Educator Toolkit (.zip/4.0 MB) for more guidance on each of these steps.
Decide on a program model (district level, school level, or by a CBO)
All three program models have worked successfully in the past. Choose the model that’s right for you and your students.
Identify your program point person or team to build and run the program
This is an important step to ensure that there is strong program ownership by an individual or team.
Modify and finalize your program timeline and activities
Customize the school-year timeline and ambassador activities so that they fit well with your school calendar and overarching goals.
Modify and finalize your Ambassador Toolkit
The Student Toolkit (.zip/17.9 MB) contains documents and flyers that will be helpful for your ambassadors as they get started with the program. Feel free to customize these documents as needed.
Plan Ambassador recruitment
Ambassador recruitment can be done through a formal application process or your program leader(s) can identify students who may be a good fit and invite them to participate.
Host a kickoff meeting and set up Ambassador support
Start your program off strong with a kickoff meeting for all ambassador participants. In the meeting, set clear expectations for their responsibilities and let them know how and when to ask for support from the program leader(s).
Plan Ambassador recognition
Your student ambassadors will be committing a significant amount of time to this program. When possible, recognize these students for their hard work in school newsletters, on the website, in the college counselor office, etc.
Official SAT Practice provides world-class SAT practice resources to all students, free of charge. Launched in 2015 in partnership with Khan Academy®, Official SAT Practice includes thousands of SAT practice questions, video tutorials, full-length SAT practice tests, and more. To date, over six million students have signed up for Official SAT Practice, and many are seeing significant results. Learn more at satpractice.org.
Yes—but they should first identify at least one teacher to provide guidance along the way and help them organize events. Remember to ask teachers for permission and then sign up here. We'll ask for their email addresses.
Download the Educator Toolkit (.zip/4.0 MB) for more information and best practices.
We recommend a balance. Some Ambassadors should be juniors and seniors who have experience with PSAT-related assessments, the SAT, and Official SAT Practice, but it’s also important to recruit 9th and 10th graders to ensure sustainability of your program. Returning Ambassadors can be Ambassador Mentors to new Ambassadors and help create an ongoing path of Ambassadorship.
We recommend the following steps:
- Determine if there are any preexisting student leadership programs or initiatives in your organization. If not, here are 2 options:
- If you're partnered with a school, bring one of the 2 previously listed models to a district or school administrator and propose incorporating the program into students’ school day (see how your program and school partner can work together to engage students).
- If you’re not partnered with a school, determine how to integrate the Student Ambassadors program into yours—consider leveraging an existing student leadership or service learning program.
- Leverage your members, staff, volunteers, interns, or clergy interested in working with a group of student leaders. (Be prepared for Ambassadors to come to you to reserve space and time for study sessions, practice tests, presentations, and more.)
- Plan to organize regular meetings with your Ambassadors.
Once you officially sign up to run an Ambassador program, we'll send you information on how to get your free gear.
Email us at [email protected]. We can answer questions and put you in touch with educator mentors who can advise you on program implementation.
Check out in the Educator Toolkit to gather ideas on how to structure your program and organize events.
A sample full-year timeline is available in the Educator Toolkit. Create your own timeline by choosing the activities and timing that make sense for you.
We estimate it takes about three hours a week for a staff member. Some weeks may take less time and some weeks may be busier.
Download your toolkits with sample timelines, application forms, teacher recommendation forms, student recruitment language, and more.
All Student Ambassadors can "level up" to Gold Leaf status in their Ambassadorship. Gold Leaf Ambassadors are nominated by their educators for going above and beyond their Ambassador duties by demonstrating initiative, strong skills in collaboration, organization, or leadership, and growth of character.
Students accepted for Gold Leaf status will receive national recognition, additional prizes, and become eligible for possible opportunities to present on national or regional College Board stages.
In the spring, the College Board will accept nominations from educators who want to submit their Ambassadors for Gold Leaf status.
The College Board’s Access to Opportunity™ (A2O™) team oversees efforts designed to increase college readiness and college completion for all students, with a special focus on lower-income students, first-generation college students, and students of color. Our initiatives and programs are structured to break down barriers and assist students in applying to and enrolling in colleges that are their best academic, social, and financial fit.
We offer college preparation and planning tools through our digital platforms, including Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy, BigFuture™, and CSS Profile, and use direct outreach (virtual advising, texting, direct mail) to connect to underrepresented students. Our work is grounded in partnerships with states, districts, higher education institutions, national college access organizations, scholarship organizations, and community-based organizations, including the National College Access Network, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and the National Rural Education Association.