Content Alignment

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The tests in the SAT Suite of Assessments measure the same skills and knowledge in ways that make sense for different grade levels. As students progress, the tests keep pace, matching the scope and difficulty of work being done in the classroom.

Alignment Details

Learn about the SAT Suite’s content alignment:

Tests that Work Together

Each test in the SAT Suite plays an important role.

The PSAT 8/9

Taken in the eighth and ninth grade, the PSAT 8/9 establishes a baseline measurement of college and career readiness as students enter high school. It helps students and educators determine what students need to work on most.

The PSAT 8/9


The PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 are the same test, offered at different times of year. They serve as check-ins on student progress and pinpoint areas for development. Students can take the PSAT/NMSQT in the fall of 10th and 11th grade. Instead of delivering the PSAT/NMSQT to 10th graders in October, some schools may deliver the PSAT 10 between February and April.

The PSAT/NMSQT and the PSAT 10


Widely accepted by U.S. colleges, the SAT is an opportunity for students to show colleges they’ve got what it takes to succeed on campus. Most students take the SAT for the first time during the spring of their junior year and a second time during the fall of their senior year.