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Colorado PSAT


2019-20 Colorado PSAT Test Dates (Grades 9 and 10)

Due to extensive school closures throughout Colorado to prevent the spread of COVID-19, CDE is working with The College Board to generate possible solutions for the administration of the PSAT and SAT tests, which offer unique roles in Colorado's system in terms of scholarships and college entrance. Additional information will be shared with superintendents and District Assessment Coordinators as it becomes available. 

Why the PSAT?

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The PSAT tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT in a way that makes sense for 9th and 10th-graders. It builds on the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) tests in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. The PSAT also aligns with Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) and with the SAT that students will take in 11th grade.

The PSAT focuses on the knowledge, skills, and understandings that research has identified as most important for college and career readiness and success. In addition to helping students practice for the SAT, it can identify student’s potential for success in advanced course work. It provides more data than ever before about academic strengths and weaknesses as well as access to millions of dollars in potential scholarships.

Students and Parents

Student Score Reports

PSAT student score reports are available in two formats. Paper reports are shipped to schools in June for distribution to students. In addition, if students have created an online College Board account, they will be able to view their PSAT score report online. Students will be able to use the same College Board account for all state and national College Board programs, including registering for a national PSAT or SAT exam, viewing PSAT, SAT, and AP exam scores, and other College Board assessment and college planning activities. Creating a College Board account is optional for students and CDE strongly recommends that students discuss and review the College Board’s Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy with a parent or guardian prior to creating an account. To create an online College Board account, students will need to complete the steps outlined in this document: Setting Up a Student’s College Board Account (PDF)

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. Creating a College Board and/or Khan Academy account is voluntary and optional 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.

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

Additional Resources from the College Board