SAT College Entrance Exam

PSD Juniors to take SAT April 11 or 12

All high school juniors in Colorado will take the SAT exam, free of charge, on April 11 or 12 depending on the testing calendar at their high school. The SAT exam replaces the ACT exam that juniors have taken in the past. 

Students may take optional Essay section.

Some colleges and universities require the essay portion of the SAT for admission and some do not. Colorado State University, University of Colorado, Front Range Community College, and University of Northern Colorado do NOT require the essay. To help decide whether to take the optional essay, students should confirm whether an essay score is needed at their college of interest. For information about colleges and univesities and their SAT policies, please click here. 

Students must register to take the optional essay section between between Jan. 27 and Feb. 12.  by calling 866-917-9030 or by going to their College Board account online ( Please note that the school can't do this for them.

Students who do not want to take the essay portion of the exam don't need to take any action.

For more information about the SAT, contact a school counselor.


CDE replaces ACT with the SAT exam

The Colorado Department of Education selected the SAT as the 11th grade college entrance exam, replacing the ACT, which had been in place since 2001. 

The change occurred after a new law passed in May 2015, which required the state to reevaluate its testing contract every five years and consider bids from different vendors. 

After a competitive proposal evaluation process, a CDE committee of teachers and administrators awarded the contract for the next five years to the College Board, because the SAT aligns better to the Colorado Academic Standards. 

Most colleges will accept either exam. Students may pay to take whichever test is not offered for free if they prefer the alternate. 

For more information, visit the CDE website here.