About the 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.

About the 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.

Parent Resources

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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.

Administration Windows 2018-19

PSAT (9th and 10th Grade)
  • Initial Test Date: April 9, 10, or 11, 2019 (school chooses 1 day)
  • Accommodations Window: April 9-16, 2019
  • Make-up Test Date: April 10-19, 2019
SAT (11th Grade)
  • Initial Test Date: April 9, 2019
  • Accommodation Window: April 9-12, 2019
  • Make-up Test Date: April 23, 2019


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 this fall.

General Assessment Resources

Opting Out of Assessments

Parents 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 parent opt-out application.  The application is available to parents through the Parent Portal through the end of February.  Parents are encouraged to discuss the process with their school principal.


Please reach out to your school or the Family and Community helpline: 720.423.3054