College Planning and Entrance Exams

In Colorado all high school juniors take the SAT exam free of charge. See the information below, along with college resources and links to local universities.


Colorado high school juniors take the SAT exam, free of charge

The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) adopted the SAT as the 11th grade college entrance exam in 2017, replacing the ACT that had been in place since 2001.The free SAT exam is usually given to juniors in April. Most colleges will accept both the SAT or ACT exam. Students may pay to take the ACT test, if they prefer. 

PSD students can take college classes while in high school for free!

Learn more on the College Credit in High School web page.

 A law passed in 2015 requires the state to reevaluate its testing contract every five years and consider other vendors. A CDE committee awarded the contract to College Board, because the SAT aligns better to the Colorado academic standards.

For more information, visit the CDE website.


Colorado colleges and universities

college students

Front Range Community College, Colorado State University and University of Northern Colorado have joined with PSD and early childhood providers to align Colorado's education systems from pre-school through college. Learn more about them in the links below.


Online college resources: