What is the SAT Suite of Assessments and who takes the exams?

The SAT Suite of Assessments includes the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 8/9. Administered by The College Board, these tests are one way to measure the knowledge and skills students are learning in class. Performance on the exams is used in many ways to help determine a student’s readiness for college and potential for success in Advanced Placement (AP) classes.

All 9th grade students take the PSAT 8/9 at no cost to families. By taking the PSAT 8/9 as freshmen, students have early access to the College Board’s career exploration tool to receive personalized and targeted online resources and practice from Khan Academy.

Additionally, all 11th grade students take the PSAT-NMSQT at no cost. Taking the test as a junior allows students to be considered for the National Hispanic Recognition Program, the National Scholarship Service and the Telluride Association, in addition to the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Any 10th grade student may register for and take the exam for $17. Students interested in applying to the Governor’s School for Science and Technology are encouraged to take the PSAT-NMSQT in 10th grade.

Note: The averages shown in the tables below represent the SAT scores of students by graduating class. Some students will take the SAT more than one time. The data include students’ most recent scores grouped according to their graduating class, regardless of the year in which the test was taken.

Scholastic Aptitude (SAT)

YearMean Total Score (400-1600)Reading and WritingMath

Scholastic Aptitude (SAT) (by school)

YearMean Total Score (400-1600)Reading and WritingMath