RICHMOND -- The West Contra Costa school district will host a free "SAT School Day" next month in an effort to better prepare students for college.

The district will administer the Scholastic Achievement Test, or SAT, to high school seniors on Oct. 16 -- the same day that students in grades 9-11 will take the Preliminary Scholastic Achievement Test, or PSAT. This will provide an opportunity for all students to take in-school college entrance exams instead of having to arrange to take the SAT test separately and paying a fee.

West Contra Costa is one of a small group of large urban districts throughout the country offering this opportunity to prepare students for college, especially those who may be the first in their families to pursue higher education, according to a news release. The district has offered the PSAT for the past six years and began administering the eighth-grade version, called "ReadiStep" last year.

More information is available by calling 510-307-4526.