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:
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 ACT Results for 2016 Graduating Class
2016 Colorado State ACT Results for 11th Graders
2016 SAT Results