College Admission Exams

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Colorado offers the SAT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9 in spring 2019.

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The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) chose the SAT Suite of Assessments for state testing because of the suite's strong alignment to Colorado's academic standards and its free practice tools. In spring 2019, Colorado public school students will take the following exams:

  • Grade 9: Colorado PSAT 8/9
  • Grade 10: Colorado PSAT 10
  • Grade 11: Colorado SAT or SAT with Essay

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  PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10 Administration SAT Administration National SAT Administration
Primary Test Date* April 9–11, 2019* April 9, 2019 March 9, 2019
Makeup Test Date April 10–19, 2019 April 23, 2019 N/A
Accommodated Testing Window April 9–16, 2019 April 9–12, 2019 N/A

*District choice for initial test date for PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10.

Activities (As of August 2018) SAT PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10
AI code confirmation December 2018 December 2018
Off-site request deadline December 14 December 14
Request accommodations Through February 19, 2019 Through February 19, 2019
March national SAT registration deadline

February 8

*Vouchers arrive in December 2018

N/A
Student essay opt-in window for SAT TBD N/A
Review material order counts TBD N/A
Receive coordinator planning kits Late February
Test day online training February–April February–April
March national test administration March 9 N/A
Preadministration materials in schools Mid-March 2019 Mid-March 2019
Conduct preadministration session Late March–early April 2019 Late March–early April 2019
Test administration April 9 April 9–11
Accommodated testing window (eligible students only) April 9–12 April 9–16
Window to request makeup materials April 9–11 N/A
Makeup test administration April 23 April 10–19
Final materials return for scoring By April 26 By April 26

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AI Codes

We'll give each school an attending institution (AI) code during the process to establish schools as test centers. We use AI codes to identify schools and connect students' scores to institutions. In most cases, your AI code will be the same as last year. Test coordinators will get an email in late December confirming their school's AI code.

School Establishment

We'll contact schools by late September to begin the establishment process. Schools must provide contact information for staff serving in primary roles to establish schools as testing locations. Primary roles include:

  • Test coordinator: Responsible for all test administration duties including room setup and planning, staffing, test day oversight, and handling test materials.
  • Backup coordinator: Responsible for coordinating the administration if the test coordinator is not available.
  • Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) coordinator: Requests accommodations and works with the test coordinator. This will be the primary SSD coordinator for test day.

You can assign one person for all three assessments or assign different staff.

Requesting Off-Site Test Centers for SAT and PSAT

Most schools will serve as testing locations. However, if your school is virtual or if you don’t have enough room, test coordinators can request an off-site testing location. These additional locations must be approved by the College Board to ensure they meet testing, staffing, training, and security requirements.

Here's how to request approval:

  1. Identify a facility (or facilities) that meet your needs for off-site testing.
  2. Download and save the College Board Off-Site Testing Plan spreadsheet (.xls/1.1MB).
  3. Fill in the required cells in the "Questions" tab. Required information includes the name and address of the proposed location, off-site supervisor information, details on how materials will be kept secure, and how the site will meet seating and setup requirements. Use the "Instructions" tab for guidance.
  4. Fill out the "Questions" worksheet for every off-site location your school needs. Copy and paste the worksheet into new tabs as needed.
  5. Return the completed spreadsheet to testingplans@info.collegeboard.org by midnight ET December 14, 2018.
  6. We'll work with test coordinators to ensure off-site locations meet requirements. If necessary, we'll make recommendations to improve security and address any outstanding concerns. Please respond to inquiries quickly to get approval in time for test day.
  7. Once approved, we'll send a confirmation email and additional information about administering tests at the off-site location(s).

A few things to note about off-site testing:

  • In addition to your primary test coordinator, your school must have a unique test coordinator for each off-site location. We'll send all communication to the primary test coordinator, who should disseminate information.
  • Off-site test coordinators are responsible for knowing which students are testing at their locations.
  • We ship test materials to schools. Primary test coordinators must arrange materials' secure transport to off-site testing locations.
  • Districts must set up off-site locations for suspended and expelled students.

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Students with Disabilities

Making sure that students with disabilities can test with accommodations is important to us. Students who need to take the PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, or SAT with nonstandard materials must have their accommodations approved by the College Board's Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD).

Accessing SSD Online

The SSD coordinator works with the test coordinator to administer assessments for students with accommodations.

SSD coordinators must use SSD Online to request accommodations for students. To access the system, they must:

You can submit accommodations requests after:

  • You get your AI code.
  • You get your SSD Online access code.
  • Your school chooses an SSD coordinator.

Accommodations Requests

Schools must submit accommodations requests for all students taking the Colorado-provided PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10 and SAT. Most students already approved for school accommodations through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan will be approved automatically for SAT School Day.

Many students only need their accommodations approved once, making it easy for them to take future College Board tests.

Submit accommodations requests through SSD Online. There are two types of requests:

  • College Board–approved: Students with these accommodations can send their scores to colleges. Once approved, most students remain approved for all College Board tests.
  • State-allowed: These accommodations are defined by the CDE. Scores are sent to students, schools, and the state, but aren't valid for college admission. The accommodations only apply to state testing and must be requested for each state administration.

Educators with students using accommodations for other state tests still need to use SSD Online.

Testing with Accommodations

If students need two days of testing, they should test on consecutive days. If a student is absent on the second day, they can continue when they return.

All testing must be done by the last day in the window, and there's no makeup test date for students listed on the NAR.

SSD Coordinator Handbook coming soon.

Supports for EL Students

The College Board offers many supports for English Learners (EL) including translated test directions, approved word-for-word glossaries, and—new this year—50% extended time. Students using these supports will receive college and scholarship reportable scores.

Translated Test Directions

English Learners taking the SAT Suite of Assessments during the school day will have access to the following translated test directions. In addition, schools may provide "on the fly" translations, using a district- or school-approved translator for languages not provided by College Board. Please note that these supports are not available for national, weekend SAT administrations.

SAT Translated Test Directions (Updates coming soon)
Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

PSAT 10 Translated Test Directions (Updates coming soon)
Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

PSAT 8/9 Translated Test Directions (Updates coming soon)
Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Approved Word-to-Word Glossaries (Updates coming soon)

To make the SAT Suite of Assessments more accessible, English Learner students can use approved word-to-word dictionaries or bilingual glossaries. A defined list of dictionaries and glossaries has been approved by the College Board for the SAT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9. Schools can let students use any one of these supports during testing. Usage doesn’t require pre-approval from the College Board and scores can be sent to scholarship programs and colleges.

Download the list of approved glossaries (.pdf/89KB).

We recommend students be familiar with their dictionary or glossary before testing. However, students will not be able to bring them on test day. School staff must collect the books before test day, so they can check them for any inappropriate writing or inserts. On test day, the supervisor will distribute the books to students with their test materials and collect them after testing.

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The College Board will provide materials and trainings to help test coordinators prepare for test day. As materials for the 2018-19 school year become available, we'll include them in this section.

Student Consent Forms

Students and families choose the voluntary information they want to provide. Either before or on test day, students can complete the Student Optional Questionnaire. The questionnaire includes basic information about the student (name, school, grade level, state student ID, sex, and date of birth) along with optional questions about student interests.

We use answers from the optional questions for various purposes, including connecting students to colleges and scholarship opportunities. Student or parent consent is required to participate in the optional questionnaire portion of PSAT 10 and SAT.

Test coordinators must collect student consent forms during preadministration or before test day. Schools should keep signed consent forms until students graduate or permanently leave. Schools don’t need to return forms to the College Board or CDE.

Consent forms for 2018-19 will be available soon.

Roster and Master Student List

The College Board won't provide rosters. Test coordinators must make master student lists, or rosters of test takers, for SAT School Day. To create a master student list:

  1. Pull a list of all eligible students from your local student information system.
  2. Work with the SSD coordinator, using the nonstandard administration report (NAR), to identify students testing with accommodations.
  3. Compare the lists to identify the students testing in a standard room. For SAT, get the detailed roster report from the educator reporting portal to see which students will take the SAT with Essay.
  4. Review the "Build Your Master Student List for Testing" section in the coordinator manual for more information.

Conducting the Preadministration Session

Preadministration lets students complete the following tasks directly on their answer sheets, saving time on test day:

  • Filling out personal information fields.
  • Completing the PSAT 10 or SAT optional questionnaire. For these tests, students may opt in to Student Search Service.
  • For the SAT, students can choose up to four colleges or scholarship programs to send their scores to.

Student or parent consent is required to participate in the optional questionnaire portion of PSAT 10 and SAT. There is no optional questionnaire for the PSAT 8/9.

Below are the estimated durations for preadminstration:

  • SAT preadminstration: 60 minutes
  • PSAT 10 preadminstration: 30–45 minutes
  • PSAT 8/9 preadminstration: 15–30 minutes

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Testing Material Pickups

We'll provide prepaid UPS pickup service to get your school's test materials. Before test day, we’ll send test coordinators an email including the pickup date and time. Schools can contact UPS to change the prescheduled time, using information provided in the email. The planned pickup dates are:

  • Return primary test day materials: April 10
    (Off-site locations April 9)
  • Return accommodated materials: April 15
  • Return makeup test day and any remaining materials: April 24
    (Off-site locations April 23)

These pickup dates can be used to return any completed materials. All materials must be picked up at the school by April 26 for scoring. Materials shipped after this date will not be scored.

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Managing Access to the K12 Reporting Portal

Presentation from a webinar for Colorado that gives instructions for managing access to the K12 Reporting Portal.

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You'll get scores through the K–12 score reporting portal. This portal includes:

  • The Reports Centerpage, where you can configure, run, and print online reports.
  • The Download Centerpage, where you can securely download score data files to import into your student information system.

Score Report Help for Colorado Educators

This interactive tutorial will help you learn how to access and use online score reports and data files in the score reporting portal.

Watch the tutorial.

Getting Access to the Score Reporting Portal

You need two things to access student scores in the score reporting portal:

  1. A College Board professional account. If you don't have an account, create one.
  2. Permission from your institution's access manager. In Colorado, each district assessment coordinator has been designated as the reporting portal's access manager. There may be up to three access managers in your district. You'll need to work with your access manager(s) to get permission to use the portal. To find your school's access manager:
    1. Log in to your College Board professional account.
    2. Look under "Tools and Services" and click "K–12 Assessment Reporting."
    3. If you don't see "K–12 Assessment Reporting," you don't have access.
    4. Scroll down to "Add Additional Tools and Services" > "K–12" > "K–12 Assessment Reporting" > "Request Access."
    5. You should see the name and contact info of your access manager. Note that choosing "Request Access" from the portal dashboard doesn't notify your access manager. You still need to contact your access manager directly for access.

Once you have access, sign in to the score reporting portal to see student scores.

For detailed help using the score reporting portal, go to K–12 Assessment Reporting Help. Topics include running and understanding reports, printing reports and labels, and managing user access.

Resources for Getting Access

Video: Score Reporting Portal Access for Colorado District Assessment Coordinators

This training is designed to help Colorado educators learn how to access and manage the K-12 score reporting portal.

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Colorado Educator Access Scores Flyer

A flyer providing step-by-step instructions for creating a College Board online educator account and accessing score reports.

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Understand Educator Score Reports

The information, resources, and tools here can help you understand score reports and share tips with your students.

Comparing SAT and ACT Scores

Free concordance tools are available to help you compare SAT and ACT scores.

Guide to the 2018 SAT/ACT Concordance (.pdf/294KB)

You can also compare old SAT and new SAT scores:

Interpret Scores

Get the inside story on SAT scores and find out what the numbers mean.

Visit Interpreting SAT Scores

Score Resource Library

Get videos and downloads to share with students and families, as well as lesson plans, professional development resources, and data layouts.

Go to Score Resources

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Students with a College Board account can access online student score reports. Score reports provide a lot of feedback, and it might be hard for students to know where to start. Mean scores, percentiles, and benchmarks can help them put scores in perspective. Subscores and cross-test scores can help them identify strengths and weaknesses.

Take a tour of an online student score report with this interactive demo.

Help students sign in to their score reports.

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Resources

 

Webinar: Colorado School Day Overview for District Assessment Coordinators

This webinar helps district assessment coordinators (DACs) understand what to do before, during, and after Colorado SAT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9 administrations. The webinar covers test day policies and procedures, the school establishment process, 2018-19 program changes, and more.

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Colorado School Day Overview for District Assessment Coordinators

The accompanying presentation to the Colorado School Day Overview for District Assessment Coordinators.

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Flyers

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Colorado Khan Academy Linking

A flyer outlining how to create College Board and Khan Academy online accounts. Students can use the flyer to learn how to link their accounts for personalized SAT practice recommendations based on PSAT 10 scores.

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Testing manuals, webinars, and forms will be available soon.

Forms

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Colorado Consent Form for Accommodations Requests

Use this form when a request for accommodations is submitted electronically. SSD coordinators must have a signed consent form on file at the school prior to submitting a request for accommodations.

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Colorado Consent Form for Accommodations Requests (Spanish)

Use this form when a request for accommodations is submitted electronically. SSD coordinators must have a signed consent form on file at the school prior to submitting a request for accommodations.

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Testing manuals and webinars will be available soon.

Forms

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Colorado Student ID Form

Issue this form to students who need a photo ID for test-taking purposes.

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Flyers

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Get to Know the SAT in Colorado

Introduce students to SAT basics, including free, personalized practice tools.

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The Optional SAT Essay in Colorado

Learn how to register for the optional SAT Essay.

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The Optional SAT Essay in Colorado (Spanish)

Learn how to register for the optional SAT Essay. In Spanish.

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Colorado PSAT-Related Assessments Benefits

This one-pager will help Colorado students learn about PSAT-related assessments and the benefits associated with taking the tests. This handout can also be distributed to parents.

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2017-18 Colorado Student Data Policy

Distribute this resource to students before test day so they can share important information with parents and guardians about how their data will be used.

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Webinars

Video: Share Test Results with Khan Academy

Students can use their scores to get free, personalized SAT practice from Khan Academy in just three steps.

Online Demo: Student Score Reports

Our new score reports provide insight on skills, access to tools for increasing college readiness, and more.

 

Contact Us

Call our Colorado Educator Hotline at 866-917-9030 (choose option 1) or email us.