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Colorado high school juniors take SAT for first time April 11

Colorado's high school juniors will take the SAT as the state's free college-entrance exam for the very first time on April 11.

The state swapped from the ACT after legislation in 2015 that required Colorado seek competitive bids for a new 10th grade and aligned 11th grade college entrance exams. Accepted across the nation and by every public college in the state, the SAT measures what students are learning in high school and what they need to know to succeed in college and their careers.

This year's 11th graders had the chance to get ready for the SAT last year when they took the Pre-SAT (PSAT) exam, which previously replaced the state's Colorado Measures of Academic Success tests. This year's 10th-graders take the PSAT on April 11 and 12.

"The best preparation for the SAT is quality classroom instruction aligned to the standards," Katy Anthes, the state's education commissioner, in a news release. "The great thing about the SAT is Colorado juniors and their families can take advantage of free opportunities to practice for college entrance exams so they can do their very best."