With the Oct. 8 administration of the SAT looming, Georgia has become the first state to offer its students the online SAT test prep program from the College Board, the nonprofit company that makes of the college-entrance test, at no charge. The new state program was unveiled in August by Gov. Sonny Perdue and state schools Superintendent Kathy Cox.

“Every student across Georgia can use this free online SAT class at their own convenience,” said Perdue. “Students will be able to take … practice tests and then review the results to determine their strengths, as well as areas where they need more work. Thanks to this resource, our students will be better prepared to take the SAT.”

The program was financed through a $1 million state appropriation.

“Over 70 percent of our seniors take the SAT,” said Charlotte Robinson, program manager for AP, PSAT, and SAT exams in Georgia. Robinson said that, before implementation of this program, SAT prep was the responsibility of individual schools or districts.

The state has purchased an access code for each of Georgia’s 400,000 high school students in grades 9-12. High school students can use the code to log onto a web site operated by the College Board at any time and take 18 SAT lessons. The lessons feature interactive activities and multimedia content. The site also offers three full-length, official SAT practice tests.

Students and educators also can access more than 600 practice questions with explanations of answers. The practice questions give students personalized score reports. The site also features automated essay scoring for practice on the new essay section of the SAT.

Registration cards will be given to students by their schools. The College Board also has distributed registration information to the state’s public high schools and districts.