All high school juniors in Colorado will take the SAT exam, free of charge, for the first time in spring of 2017. The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) 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 of 2015 which requires 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 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.