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Colorado SAT


Spring 2017 Test Dates for Colorado’s SAT School Day Administration

  • April 11th, 2017: Colorado school day Administration
  • April 25th, 2017: Makeup Test Day
  • April 11th – 14th, 2017: Accommodations Testing Window
  • April 17th – 21st, 2017: Accommodations Makeup Testing Window


Why the SAT?

Colorado has given a college entrance exam each spring to all 11th graders enrolled in public schools since 2001.  In 2015 the Colorado legislature passed House Bill 15-1323, requiring the state to competitively bid for a new 10th grade exam that is aligned to both the Colorado Academic Standards and an 11th grade college entrance exam. The legislation also added the opportunity for students to take an additional, optional essay as part of their college entrance exam at no cost to the student.  The selection committee chose the PSAT for 10th graders and the SAT for the 11th grade college entrance exam because of their alignment to the high school Colorado Academic Standards and because the College Board’s reports and free test preparation services could be used by all students. Students who choose to participate in services offered by The College Board,   will be connected to resources and activities designed to help identify next steps for extra support or possible acceleration.

The SAT is closely aligned to challenging classroom work of Colorado schools and focuses on the few things that evidence shows matter most for college and career readiness, including:

  • Mathematical concepts, skills, and practices important for success in career training programs.
  • Reading, comprehending, and writing high-quality essays supported by evidence.

The SAT reflects and informs the challenging classroom instruction that lays the foundation for career readiness.  The SAT also serves as an admission test and is accepted by every college in the United States.

Tenth graders attending public schools in Colorado began taking the PSAT 10 in the spring of 2016 and public school 11th graders will transition to the SAT in spring, 2017. The CO PSAT 10 and CO SAT will be given each spring for the following five years.

Who is eligible to take the SAT?

All students enrolled in eleventh grade at a Colorado public school.

Free Student Practice for the SAT through Khan Academy®

The College Board has partnered with online educational provider Khan Academy® to provide free online SAT practice to all students.

By creating a free Khan Academy student account, students are able to take seven official full-length SAT practice tests including two SAT with Essay practice tests, access thousands of practice questions, video lessons, and hints, and receive study and test-taking tips. In addition, students can  personalize their SAT practice by taking eight diagnostic quizzes, or seeing personalized practice recommendations based on the student’s PSAT 10 results by linking their College Board and Khan Academy accounts.

Creating a College Board and/or Khan Academy account is optional and voluntary for students. The Colorado Department of Education strongly recommends that students and parents review and discuss the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policies of these organizations prior to creating an online account.

Student Score Reports

SAT student score reports will be available in early June by logging into the student score reporting portal. To access the score reporting portal, create a College Board student account, or if you already have one, just sign in.

Online student score reports give students an understanding beyond the numbers and provide a detailed breakdown of their performance. Score reports provide:

  • Performance summaries for each section of the test
  • Insight into strengths and weaknesses with results grouped by content area, skill set, and level of difficulty
  • Percentiles to see how student results compare with those of other students like them

Click here to take a tour of the online student score report.

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