Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT)

The PSAT is designed to measure the reading, writing, and math skills important for college and career readiness and success. The PSAT shows students their academic strengths and weaknesses, provides indicators of student readiness for AP coursework, and connect students with access to scholarship opportunities. Since the SAT is used for admission by colleges and universities, taking the PSAT is a key step for students preparing to go to college.

Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT)

The SAT is an assessment that students take in the eleventh grade to help them understand their academic progress and preparedness for college and career. The SAT is accepted for admission and placement in all public colleges and universities in the state, and also links students to important scholarship opportunities from universities or other organizations. The SAT was newly-redesigned in 2016 and features more opportunities to evaluate students’ critical reasoning and thinking skills.


A Parent’s Guide to Assessments: PSAT
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A Parent’s Guide to Assessments: SAT
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Student Resources
DPS has partnered with Khan Academy and College Board to provide free resources for students taking the PSAT 10 and the SAT. Students can link their College Board and Khan Academy accounts to get personalized practice results. Free college planning information is also available on the College Board’s Big Future website.

General Assessment Resources
Assessment Purposes and District Policies
DPS Assessment Strategy
Assessment Window Calendar

Administration Windows 2019-20

PSAT (9th and 10th Grade)

Initial Test Date: April 14, 15, or 16, 2020
Accommodations Window: April 14-21, 2020 
Make-up Test Date: April 28-29, 2020 

SAT (11th Grade)

Initial Test Date: April 14, 2020
Accommodations Window: April 14-17, 2020 
Make-up Test Date: April 28, 2020 


PSAT and SAT Results

Students can view individual PSAT 10 and SAT scores in their College Board Student Portal; paper score reports will be sent home in the fall.

Opting Out of Assessments

Families who wish to excuse their student from participation in one or more of the state assessments may do so by filling out the district’s opt-out application in Parent Portal from October to February. You may still opt out by scheduling an appointment with your principal or AP and request the Assessment Participation Exemption form to be printed off for you to sign (if your student has not begun taking tests). You may also write a letter and bring it with you to the meeting. If you have more than one child, you will need to fill out the form or write a letter for each child to opt out.

We encourage our students to participate in all assessments because they provide valuable information to families and educators that show whether students have mastered grade-level content and are on track to graduate prepared for the 21st century. Results from these assessments inform where Denver Public Schools can improve curriculum, instruction and leadership in order to ensure that every child receives an equitable education and is on a path to success.