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DPS SAT Makeup and PSAT/NMSQT Exam Days Announced

Sep. 2, 2020
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Last spring, all SAT exams were unfortunately canceled across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Colorado spring makeup opportunity for the SAT is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 27 for 12th graders enrolled in a DPS school. In addition, the SAT practice/National Merit Qualifier (the PSAT/NMSQT) is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 29 for 11th graders enrolled in a DPS school. Both exams will be provided free of charge on these dates. 

High schools are currently collecting names of students who wish to participate so that they can order the correct number of exams.

If you have not yet been contacted and/or you have not indicated your intent to participate, please reach out to your high school counselor to let them know what your plans are by Friday, Sept. 4.

Why should I take the PSAT/SAT?

There are many benefits to preparing for and taking the SAT and related assessments. You can receive access to additional scholarship options, as well as admission and financial aid information from colleges and universities. Student score reports can also recommend Advanced Placement (AP) and similar Concurrent Enrollment courses that might be good matches for your career and college path.

Preparing for the PSAT/SAT

We recommend using Khan Academy to prepare for the PSAT/SAT as the program offers free, full-length practice tests that are interactive and give you an idea of what the exam will be like on test day. The practice course provides students with a personalized PSAT and SAT plan tailored to their needs, with video lessons and instant feedback.

About the SAT: In addition to an academic benchmark and DPS graduation readiness indicator, the SAT is a college entrance exam created by the College Board and is used by most colleges and universities in the admissions process. There are two sections to the SAT: math and evidence-based reading and writing. The SAT takes three hours to complete. The two sections are scored on a 200 to 800 point scale for a combined possible score between 400 and 1600. There is an optional essay portion as well, which is an additional 50 minutes.  

About the PSAT/NMSQT: The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and DPS offer testing opportunities for students in the SAT Suite of Assessment. These include: PSAT 9 for ninth graders, PSAT 10 for 10th graders and the PSAT/NMSQT (fall National Merit qualifier) and Colorado SAT for 11th graders (spring).  

More information about these exams and the benefits of participation can be found here: SAT and PSAT/NMSQT.