It’s never too early to start preparing! 

Check out test-specific info below to get started.

Need help accessing your College Board account? Students or parents/guardians can call the College Board Student Line at 866-917-9030 (option 2).

SAT (11th Graders)

Reference the
Spring 2024 SAT Student Guide

(with or without essay)

The default registration for all 11th graders is the SAT without an essay.

Full SAT w/Essay Registration Message

2023-24 National SAT Dates & Registration Info

Dates, times, and locations of national SAT exams vary. Please take note of these details when you register.

 SAT National Test Dates  Registration Deadlines Late Registration Deadlines
March 9, 2024 (Digital)
May 4, 2024 (Digital)
June 1, 2024
February 23, 2024
April 19, 2024
May 17, 2024
February 27, 2024
April 23, 2024
May 21, 2024

CMAS Science (11th Graders)

  • CMAS Science Colorado Department of Education Practice Resources

PSAT/NMSQT(10th/11th Graders) & PSAT 10(10th Graders)

Questions? About the National Merit Scholarship Program - contact Alicia Laughlin (Counselor, [email protected]) About registration & payment through My School Bucks - contact Carey Smith (Bookkeeper, [email protected]) About test day - contact Julie Machakos (School Assessment Coordinator, [email protected])


PSAT 8/9 (9th Graders)

ASVAB (10th-12th Graders)

We are excited to provide regular opportunities for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students to register for the optional
ASVAB Career Exploration Program Test. The ASVAB is a career and vocational test used by the military to determine aptitudes in reading, math, and science. It also measures mechanical and vocational abilities. The ASVAB may be used to meet state graduation competencies.

What are the benefits of taking the ASVAB? - Explore occupations in line with your interests and skills - Your performance on the ASVAB is one of the ways you can meet the English & Math Competency requirements for graduation
Get to know your strengths, yourself, and your options after high school - Find the career fields you are best suited for and explore all of your options to enter that field

Additional Resources: - Learn more about the ASVAB and strategies for taking the test. - Official ASVAB Website (contains ASVAB information, test-taking advice and tips, and sample questions) - ASVAB Fact Sheet

Questions about the ASVAB?
Contact Christy Kidd (PHS Counselor) at [email protected]

Assessment Coordinator

Julie Machakos
[email protected]

State Mandated Assessments


DCSD Assessment Policy (Board File)

2023-2024 District Assessment Dates

State Assessment Excusal Form Walkthrough Parent/Guardian
To use the parent portal, you must have an active parent portal account. If you do not have a parent portal login, please contact Mollie Holm, our school Registrar, at [email protected]
to request an activation key.


Requesting a paper version of an assessment: If you are a parent/guardian requesting a paper version of the assessment-please email [email protected] by December 1, 2023.


State Assessments-Why?

Additional Resources 

Doorway to College

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Outside Agencies

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