State-Mandated PSAT 9 for Freshmen

Date: April 19th 2024

Arvada West High School

All freshmen in the state of Colorado will be required to take the PSAT 9 exam.  It will be held here at Arvada West on April 15th and students must report to school no later than 8:15 am on the morning of testing.  Seating and room assignments will be posted approximately a week before the exam. Students can expect to be done by approximately 11:45 am.  Lunches will not be served that day. Finally, please note that classes will NOT be held that day.

Test format: Total Time:  




Pre-administration activities

approx. 30 min


60 minutes

47 (Reading and Vocabulary in Context)

Writing and Language

35 minutes

44 (Grammar and Usage)

Math (No Calculator- 25 min. With Calculator 45 min)

70 Minutes

48 (Heart of algebra, problem solving and data analysis, passport to advanced math, additional topics : geometry, trigonometry and precalculus)  

Important Features as identified by College Board:

  • Focus on the knowledge, skills, and understandings that research has identified as most important for college and career readiness and success

  • Greater emphasis on the meaning of words in extended contexts and on how word choice shapes meaning, tone, and impact

  • Please note that the PSAT 10 does not enter students into the PSAT/NMSQT Scholarship Competition. Current Sophomores will have the opportunity to enroll in the PSAT/NMSQT exam in the fall of their Junior year.

What to bring:

  • Photo identification (valid driver’s license or school IDs are acceptable)

  • Two #2 pencils (no mechanical pencils)

  • An approved calculator - click here for a list of approved calculators.


What not to bring:

  • Reading materials, electronic devices, pens/highlighters, food or beverages other than water, scratch paper

What to wear:

  • Dress comfortably and wear layers


How to prepare:

Click on the link below to access practice questions, a practice test, and information for reviewing material from Khan Academy: PSAT 9 preparation

Test Refusal

The PSAT test is preparation for the SAT test that will be required as a Junior and can be used for college admissions. It is worthwhile practice and will help students know how to study for the SAT in the future.

All students are expected to be here to take the test unless we hear from the guardians that they are refusing the exam for their child. Please let us know ASAP if that is the case so we can plan accordingly.

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