SAT Essay Student Registration Window: 

Important reminders:

  • Students must register in advance to take the optional SAT Essay

  • The essay registration window is January 20 – February 18, 2020.

  • This will be the only opportunity for students who wish to take the optional essay to add it to their April school day test registration.

When taking the Colorado school day SAT this spring, 11th grade students will have the option of taking the SAT with or without the optional essay. Adding the essay to their SAT registration is a student choice.

Students may add the essay to their registration through their online College Board account or by calling the College Board during the window. Schools will not receive extra essay materials for test day changes, therefore please be sure students register during the window. Individual students who wish to take the optional essay must register for it in advance.

Additional Information:

  1. The SAT Essay is scored separately from the SAT. A student’s score on the essay will not improve or reduce their score on the SAT.

  2. The essay may be required by some colleges and universities. To find out a particular school’s essay policies go to:

  3. The optional essay is only offered as part of the 11th grade SAT. There is no essay option for the PSAT 8/9 for 9th graders or the PSAT 10 for 10th graders.

  4. There is a short webinar on what the essay measures, how students can register. Accessing a student's registration to add/remove the Essay is at 6:24 on the webinar.

  5.  A Spanish version flyer for parents and students about the optional essay is linked here.

For questions, please call Colorado School Day Support at 1-866-917-9030 or email us at  


Ponderosa High School is a comprehensive high school that offers a variety of national assessments to serve the needs of our students. The assessments you find in this section are given to assist with college admission, program placement, and serve as a means of ensuring a top quality education.


PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10 and SAT Information is located on the College Board website:

The SAT Subject Tests are hour-long, content-based tests that let students distinguish themselves in the college admission process by highlighting their strengths and interests in a specific subject areas, including math, science, history, literature, and languages. For more information, visit


College Board and Khan Academy have joined together to help prepare students for the SAT Suite of Assessments (SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10 and PSAT 8/9).
The website has the information needed to sign up for FREE assistance:

Students can also visit to access a FREE official SAT practice app, full SAT practice tests, and sample SAT questions.

(The Colorado Department of Education strongly recommends that students and parents review and discuss the
Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policies of these organizations prior to creating an online account.)
Khan Academy Privacy Notice

CollegeBoard Advanced Placement

Offering more than 30 courses, the College Board’s Advanced Placement program enables students to pursue college-level studies with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both while still in high school. Advanced placement information can be found by visiting the AP website:


The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a career and vocational test used by the military to determine aptitudes in reading, math, science, as well as mechanical and vocational aptitudes. For more information about the ASVAB, please visit their website: 
ASVAB explained.


ACT® dates, times and locations can be found by visiting the ACT® website: 
The ACT® is the leading US college admissions test, measuring what you learn in high school to determine your academic readiness for college.

Assessment Coordinator

Anitra GallegosAnitra Gallegos
Assistant Principal

Parent Resources

Parent Portal Login
Updating Parent Portal Info
• If you do not have a portal account, contact the registrar at:


SAT: Word of the Day

Accessing Khan Academy

PSAT/NMSQT & PSAT 10 Calculator Policy

SAT Calculator Policy

Daily Practice App

SAT Practice Tests

PSAT 10 Practice Test

PSAT 8/9 Inside the PSAT

State Mandated Assessments

DCSD Assessment Policy

PHS:  HB15-1323

DCSD Assessment Schedule 

State Assessments - Why?

Assessment Excusal
Please complete by
December 15, 2019.
• You must have a Parent Portal account prior to excusing your student from assessments.  (See Portal sign-up instructions above.)

Parent Portal Login
Updating Parent Portal Info
• If you do not have a portal account, contact the registrar at:

If you are a parent/guardian requesting a paper version of the CMAS assessment - please email by December 5, 2019.

Test Preparation

CMAS Readiness (Science)

College Direction

CollegeBoard & Khan Academy Account Set Up

Khan Academy

Learning Foundations

Class 101

Disclaimer: The links under test preparation will guide users to sites outside of Douglas County School District.  While we do not believe any of these sites will have inappropriate content, Ponderosa High School and the DCSD are not responsible for their content.




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