NMPED trades SAT for PARCC

The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) will be New Mexico’s new exam required for high school graduation.

The SAT is an exam offered nationally that is administered by the College Board of Educational Testing Service. It is widely used for college admissions in the United States. The SAT tests students in math, reading, writing and language with the option of writing an essay.

The New Mexico Public Education Department chose the SAT to be the new replacement exam because it aligns with state standards and accurately gauges student achievement according to New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED). Besides, unlike the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), the SAT isn’t as “high-pressure and counterproductive,” according to New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. 

College Board and NMPED will be providing hands-on training and support to educators. “Educators will also have access to a wide range of free support material” and “can look inside the SAT to become familiar with what kinds of questions students will see and what the test measures,” said Deputy Secretary of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Gwen Perea Wariment.


New Mexico will be using the SAT as an assessment for students’ math, reading, and writing skills. While the passing score for each individual subject has yet to be determined, should students earn a high score in the exam, they will be able to mail their reports to post-secondary education and scholarship organizations free of charge. The test will be state funded, so it will be at no cost for public school juniors taking the test for the first time.