In partnership with the College Board, the Colorado Department of Education has announced they will pay for and support an optional SAT administration for 12
th grade students.  Due to the unique role this assessment may serve for students, the state-sponsored fall administrations provide interested eligible students with an opportunity to take, at no expense to them, the SAT in place of the spring 2020 SAT school day exam that was not administered due to school closures that resulted from the COVID-19 public health crisis. Replacement administrations are not being offered for the canceled CMAS exams. 

The fall 2020 school day administration of the SAT is not required by CDE. Colorado public districts and charter schools will have the option to administer these exams and students will have the opportunity to participate in the option that is chosen by the school. Results are intended for student and locally-determined uses only. Please see this News Release by CDE for more information.

Ponderosa plans to offer the SAT (either with or without optional Essay) test administrations:

Primary Administration Date:  Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Makeup Administration Date:   Tuesday, October 27, 2020

***Please note we are currently working with the Colorado Department of Education and College Board on modified testing plans to accommodate students in both hybrid learning cohort groups as well as students who are participating in the eLearning model.  Due to ongoing uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic, test dates may be canceled in the event of a local or regional closure. In the event of closure, it is not expected that additional test dates or options will be available.***

Just as with the originally scheduled test all 12th grade students will be automatically registered for this test. So there is NOTHING that you need to do for the School Day administration on September 23, 2020 or October 27, 2020.  

In the recent email from College Board vouchers were mentioned.  Because our school will administer the State SAT no vouchers will be given.

COLLEGE BOARD also released and opened their registration calendar.   National SAT tests will be offered in August, September, October, November and December. 

Here is a list of free resources that are available for students so that they can continue to prepare for the SAT:

PSAT 10 Full-Length Practice Tests

SAT Full-Length Practice Tests

Daily SAT Practice App

Free SAT prep on Khan Academy

How to Link College Board scores to Khan Academy

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

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SAT: Word of the Day

Accessing Khan Academy

PSAT/NMSQT & PSAT 10 Calculator Policy

SAT Calculator Policy

SAT Full-Length Practice Tests

PSAT 10 Full-Length Practice Tests

PSAT 8/9 Inside the PSAT

State Mandated Assessments

DCSD Assessment Policy

PHS:  HB15-1323

2020-2021 District Assessment Dates

Test Preparation

Khan Academy

Free SAT prep on Khan Academy

How to Link College Board scores to Khan Academy

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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