College Placement Tests
Testing includes such standard college entrance exams as the American College Test (ACT) and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) – and Colorado students excel in both areas. The ACT is the primary college entrance exam in Colorado and is required for all eleventh-grade students.
In 2009, Colorado students’ average ACT score was 20.8 (the national average was 21.1). It’s important to note that part of the disparity is related to Colorado’s universal testing requirement. Colorado is one of just three states that require all students to take the ACT – not just those who are college-bound.
In 2009, nearly 10,000 Colorado high school students took the SAT and received an average composite score of 1698. The highest possible SAT score is 2400, and the nationwide average was 1509 in 2009. Students in Colorado are No. 1 in the nation for the highest ACT and SAT scores per 1,000 high school graduates.