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 SAT is the primary college entrance exam in Colorado and is required for all eleventh-grade students.

In 2018, Colorado students’ average SAT score was 1014.3  (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 SAT – not just those who are college-bound.

In 2017, nearly 60,978  Colorado high school students took the SAT and received an average composite score of 1014.3. The highest possible SAT score is 2400, and the nationwide average was 1068 in 2017.