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Test Prep

Test prep

Whether your test is next week or next year, you can boost your test-taking confidence today using these resources.


You will take the SAT

Throughout Colorado this year, public school 11th grade students will take the SAT test and 10th grade students will take the PSAT -- both free of charge.


Why do colleges care about test scores?

Four-year colleges care about your test scores because they want you to be successful and they also want to make sure that you take the classes you are best prepared to take when you get there. Test scores achieved as you complete high school help colleges to understand what you have learned and remember from your coursework.


What score do I need?

Want to see what test scores were received by students admitted to Colorado colleges? Visit the College AdmissionsTool Matching College List and put in some test scores to find out!


Test Preparation Resources

There are many test preparation packages on the market - and some cost quite a bit of money. There are also free test prep resources - we have provided a sampling here.

  • SAT offers free, personalized test preparation and guidance through Khan Academy. They will build a personalized practice program for you!;
  • ACT - find test taking tips, sample questions and practice tests in Preparing for the ACTPDF icon booklet (free) and other resources from ACTNew window icon
  • GRE - find a free courseNew window icon in your area or use the online demo and test;

Check with your school to find out the date that you will take the SAT or PSAT exam. You may visit Test Dates CentralNew window icon for information about and schedules for the ACT and GRE, in addition to many others including the GMAT and LSAT.

If you are serious about joining the military, then get serious about taking the Armed Services Vocation Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). The ASVAB is a timed multi-aptitude test including arithmetic reasoning, word knowledge, paragraph comprehension, and mathematics knowledge.

Start now by taking some subject area practice tests then short and full-length practice ASVAB testsNew window icon.


If you have not demonstrated college readiness with SAT or ACT scores, you may be required to take a Placement Test. These tests help a college determine which classes are appropriate for you to take as you begin college.


Visit the CollegeBoard to read basic information and tips for taking the ACCUPLACER testsNew window icon, along with exploring sample questions (PDF icon).

CollegeBoard advises that students may find SAT test preparation useful to refresh their skills prior to taking the ACCUPLACER, including reviewing basic concepts in reading, grammar, arithmetic, trigonometry and algebra.

To prepare for the GED, use the free online preparation courses offered at Test-Guide, New window icon see how to interpret your score at Education-Portal.com,New window icon and find GED testing locations at GEDTestingLocations.comNew window icon.