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High School Testing

We believe that assessments provide valuable information for parents and students on where students stand on the mastery of the standards and whether they are on track to graduate. Assessments help us ensure that every child receives an equitable education and is on the path to success.

Types of Tests

DCIS participates in the state and national assessments described below.

Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) Suite of Assessments: High school students are assessed in April through the SAT Suite of Assessments, including the PSAT9 in 9th grade, the PSAT10 in 10th grade and the SAT in 11th grade. Additionally, students have the option of taking the PSAT/NMSQT in October for additional practice in 10th grade, or to attempt to qualify for a National Merit Scholarship in 11th grade. Based on their individual goals, and the admissions requirements of the colleges and universities students plan to apply to, students may wish to register to take the SAT additional times in order to try to boost their score, and they may need to take one or more of the SAT Subject Tests.

Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS): All 11th grade students are assessed in April in science through the Colorado Measures of Academic Success science test.

Advanced Placement (AP) Tests: Students enrolled in AP courses will take the AP exam for that course in May according to the schedule put out by the College Board.

Accuplacer Test: Students who wish to enroll in concurrent enrollment (CE) courses will need to take the ACCUPLACER in order to qualify.

While the Colorado Department of Education administers the SAT Suite of Assessments throughout the state, some high school students elect to also take the American College Testing (ACT) Program assessment  on their own. Most colleges accept scores from either the SAT or the ACT for admission, but some students do better with the format of the ACT and thus elect to take that test as well. Click or tap here to find test dates and register.

Testing by Grade Level

  • 9th Grade
    • PSAT9
    • SAT Subject Tests (optional)
    • ACCUPLACER (optional)
    • AP testing, if student is enrolled in one or more AP classes
  • 10th Grade
    • PSAT/NMSQT (optional)
    • PSAT10
    • SAT Subject Tests (optional)
    • ACCUPLACER (optional)
    • AP testing, if student is enrolled in one or more AP classes
  • 11th Grade
    • PSAT/NMSQT (optional)
    • SAT
    • CMAS Science
    • SAT Subject Tests (optional)
    • ACCUPLACER (optional)
    • AP testing, if student is enrolled in one or more AP classes
  • 12th Grade
    • SAT (optional)
    • SAT Subject Tests (optional)
    • AP testing, if student is enrolled in one or more AP classes

If you have any questions about testing, please contact Site Assessment Leader Erin Masich.