Content Alignment: Overview

The various tests in the SAT Suite of Assessments measure the same skills and knowledge in ways that make sense for different grade levels. The tests keep pace with student progress, matching the scope and difficulty of work in the classroom.

Each test in the SAT Suite plays an important role.

The PSAT 8/9

Taken in the 8th and 9th grade, the PSAT 8/9 establishes a baseline measurement of college and career readiness as students enter high school. It helps students and educators determine what students need to work on most.


The PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 are the same test, offered at different times of year. They check student progress and pinpoint areas for development. Students can take the PSAT/NMSQT in the fall of 10th and 11th grade. Instead of offering the PSAT/NMSQT to 10th graders in the fall, some schools offer the PSAT 10 from February to April.


The SAT is an opportunity for students to show colleges and universities they're ready to succeed on campus. Most students take the SAT for the first time during the spring of their junior year and a second time during the fall of their senior year.