Standardized Testing Info

Standardized Test Information

SAT: Every high school junior in Colorado will take the State SAT Exam each spring in April.  Students can also choose take the SAT, offered bi-monthly during the school year (not offered at WCHS).  The SAT test is accepted as an admissions examination to virtually any college or university.  Scores on Math and Evidence Based Reading and Writing are on a possible 800 point scale for each section with a combined score up to 1600.  There is no cost for juniors to take the SAT on the State SAT Exam date.



PSAT: Every high school sophomore in Colorado will take the SAT PSAT Exam each spring in April.  Scores on Math, Reading, and Writing are out of 80 points apiece. Students automatically enter the National Merit Scholarship Competition by taking this test junior year.  The PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 are highly relevant to your future success because they focus on the skills and knowledge at the heart of education. They’ll measure:

  • What you learn in high school

  • What you need to succeed in college

If you think the key to a high score is memorizing words and facts you’ll never use in the real world, think again. You don’t have to discover secret tricks or cram the night before.

PSAT 8/9: Every high school freshmen in Colorado will take the PSAT 8/9 Exam each spring in April. The PSAT 8/9 tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 10—in a way that makes sense for eighth and ninth graders. It measures what they’re already learning, shows them whether they’re on track for college, and lets them know where they need the most improvement. That means students have time to tackle these areas long before they take the SAT.