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The SAT Suite of Assessments includes the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9. Students have the opportunity to take one of these college readiness assessments each year from 8th to 12th grade. The class of 2019 is the first graduating class to have access to the full SAT Suite of Assessments throughout high school.

Key Takeaways

  • Over 8 million students took the SAT or a PSAT-related assessment in the 2018-19 school year, up from 7.8 million in 2017-18.
  • Students in the class of 2019 who took the PSAT/NMSQT in 11th grade went on to meet both SAT college readiness benchmarks at higher rates than students who didn't.
  • 52% of SAT takers in the class of 2019 who took every PSAT-related assessment met both SAT college readiness benchmarks, compared to 36% of SAT takers who took no PSAT-related assessment.

Students Who Met Both SAT College Readiness Benchmarks

In the coming years, as more students have access to the full SAT Suite, the College Board will continue to analyze the test-taking patterns of graduating classes.

Moving Toward College Readiness

All four tests in the SAT Suite measure, in grade-appropriate ways, the same knowledge and skills that research shows students need for college. They share a common score scale, so students get consistent, actionable feedback on how they’re progressing toward college.

SAT progression

The PSAT 8/9 gives students in eighth and ninth grade an early indication of which skills they should focus on in high school to be ready for college. Students, along with educators and parents, can use this information to guide their studies.

In 10th and 11th grade, students who take the PSAT 10 and the PSAT/NMSQT get updated feedback on college readiness. If they’re not on track to be ready for college, there's time for educators and students to adjust teaching and learning strategies.

Students in the class of 2019 who took the PSAT/NMSQT in 11th grade scored higher on the SAT than those who didn't.

Read more about the PSAT-related assessments.