College Exams ACT and SAT

College-bound students elect to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and/or the  American College Test (ACT)  as part of the college entrance application process. In addition to this self-selected group, all eleventh grade students are required to take the SAT as part of the Colorado Student Assessment Program. H.B.15-1323 resulted in a statewide change from the ACT to the SAT beginning in the spring of 2017.  You can learn more about this change here:  Background on the PSAT and SAT in Colorado.

CollegeBoard – Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

The intent of the SAT is to measure a student's capabilities in the core areas of reading, writing and mathematics.  SAT Test Scores range from 200 to 800 for each of the sections, for a total potential score of 2400.  Students typically take the test in the spring of their junior year and/or the fall of their senior year. There are seven SAT Test Dates for the U.S.

The main sections of the SAT are: critical reading, writing and math.  The majority of the questions are multiple choice although there is a short essay in the writing section, and also "grid-in" questions in the math area.  The SAT test is made up of 154 questions requiring three hours of testing time.  There is also an optional essay which would add an additional 50 minutes to the total testing time.  For more information, please visit the CollegeBoard website.

Important information concerning the 2017 SAT:

Student/Parent Communication for Optional SAT Essay Registration_Jan 2017.pdf

How to register for the Optional SAT Essay.pdf

2017 Colorado SAT Information Flyer.pdf

2017 Colorado SAT with Essay Information Flyer .pdf


American College of Testing - ACT

The American College of Testing (ACT Assessment®) is designed to assess high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning. 

The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete with breaks. Actual testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes. 
In the U.S., the ACT is administered on five national test dates, in October, December, February, April, and June. In selected states, the ACT is also offered in late September. For more information, check out the ACT website

2016 Results

2016 ACT Results for 2016 Graduating Class

  English Math Reading Science Composite
LPS 22.8 22.8 23.4 23.3 23.2
Colorado 20.0 20.3 20.9 20.9 20.6
National 20.1 20.6 21.3 20.8 20.8


2016 Colorado State ACT Results for 11th Graders

  English Math Reading Science Composite
LPS 21.7 21.9 22.8 22.3 22.3
Colorado 19.6 20.0 20.7 20.6 20.4


2016 SAT Results

  Critical Reading Math Writing Total
LPS 580 588 563 1731
Colorado 587 589 571 1747
National 494 508 482 1484