SAT selected for Colorado’s college entrance exam

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The College Board’s revised SAT and PSAT exams have been recommended by an independent selection committee to serve as the new college entrance and 10th-grade exams for Colorado students. Both exams have the  same goal however PSAT only prepares a student to do well in SAT. You can learn more about their differences on

The SAT exam will replace the ACT exam provided to all high school juniors since 2001. The SAT and PSAT will be given each spring for the next five years. Exact dates of the exams are still to be determined.

“We realize this is a big shift for students and that this decision is coming later in the school year than any of us would like,” said Interim Commissioner of Education Elliott Asp. “We are committed to exploring options for flexibility that make sense for this year’s juniors who need to use this spring’s exam for their college applications.”

Students in grade 10 will take the PSAT instead of the PARCC exams in English language arts and math, which are part of the Colorado Measures of Academic Success assessment system, due to a new state law passed in 2015. According to the legislation, the grade 10 exam must be aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards and to the state’s college entrance exam given to all students in 11th grade. Students in grade 11 will no longer take the PARCC exams.

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