Assessments and Testing

Assessments and Testing

Welcome to the Assessment & Testing page.  Here you will find helpful dates and information about the different kinds of testing that happen for students over the course of their four years at Ballard.

Washington State requires all students to take and pass state tests in specific subjects like Math, Reading & Writing and Science in order to earn a high school diploma. These state tests take the form of End of Course exams and Smarter Balanced Assessments.

Also the Federal Government requires all 11th graders to take the Smarter Balanced Assessments in Math (MA) and English Language Arts (ELA) unless they passed the tests as 10th graders.  This is a Federal expectation of all juniors rather than a state graduation requirement.

And lastly, currently students have the opportunity to take College Board standardized assessments here at Ballard including the PSAT in the fall, the SAT in the spring and AP exams in May.

Contact Lisa Coacher the Academic Intervention Specialist at or 206-525-1107 with any questions or concerns regarding testing at Ballard High School.

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SAT Test | Ballard Juniors | Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The SAT will be given to Juniors at Ballard free with no pre-registration on March 1.  Juniors will need to come to school early that day.  Check-in begins at 7:45am.

Refer to the PSAT section below for helpful tips on understanding your PSAT scores and using them to prepare for the SAT.

SAT Important Instructions | Ballard Juniors

Juniors will need to come to school early on Wednesday, March 1. Student check-in begins at 7:45am in the Commons. Testing begins promptly at 8:30am in the gym. Be sure to arrive on time. Late arrivals will not be allowed to test.

Students need to bring:
·         Admission Ticket (this will be mailed home from College Board )
·         Photo ID (school ID is fine)
·         two #2 pencils
·         an approved calculator (scientific or graphing) is recommended but not required
·         a snack and water (lunch will be after the test, approximately 1:30)
·         students will be dismissed to lunch after the SAT, and will be expected to go to 6th period

Cell phones and other technological devices are NOT permitted in the testing rooms per College Board regulations. 
The SAT with essay is offered at no charge to all BHS Juniors.  Families do not need to do anything to sign-up.  All current juniors were registered by the SPS district and will receive an official Admission Ticket from the College Board in the mail.  Students must bring this ticket on Wed, March 1.

Read about the SAT at

For free SAT practice go to   

PSAT Score Report Video | Understand your scores and how to link your test results with free Khan Academy® practice tests tailored just for you to prepare for the SAT! 

Contact: Kelly Flanagan, College Career Specialist at with any questions at all.

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SAT and ACT Additional Testing Dates

If students would like another opportunity to take the SAT after the free opportunity offered at Ballard on March 1, 2017, they must register themselves using their College Board access account.  

View the Registration and Test Dates schedule below for the 2016/17 School Year or visit for additional SAT information or for information on registering for the ACT Test. For Test Dates and Deadlines for Fall 2017-18 visit these sites for the Collegeboard and the ACT Website.
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PSAT Information

Parents & Students: See below for helpful information on understanding student's PSAT scores or the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) scores and how students can use them to prepare for the SAT on March 1st for BHS Juniors.

Students received their score reports and original test booklets in their LA class.  11th graders also received an SAT student guide.  Running Start students need to pick up their information from the counseling office.  

PSAT Results were released online in Dec. Students who took the PSAT on Oct. 19th will need to log onto their College Board account or will need to create a account at if they don’t already have one in order to view their scores. They should be sure to use their legal name as used on official school documents. Using a "nickname" or shortening their name will prevent them from viewing their scores. 

Check out to get your scores. If you would like to learn more about how to understand your scores, get tips for preparing for the SAT or need assistance with your College Board account, come to the Ballard Counseling Center. BHS counselors are there to help.

SPS PSAT and SAT School-Day Information

PSAT Score Report Video | Understand your scores and how to link your test results with free Khan Academy® practice tests tailored just for you to prepare for the SAT. 

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AP Exam Registration

AP Exam Registration began on Monday, January 9th and closes on Tuesday, February 28th

Students must register for the AP exam(s) they would like to take at:  

This website walks students through the registration process step by step. There is a fee of $100 per exam. There is a reduced fee for students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch eligibility.  

The AP Exams will be given in May 2017 at Ballard High School or at Roosevelt High School for Spanish & Japanese (students need to provide their own transportation to/from).

Refer to this AP Registration handout for additional information and direct any questions to Ms. Coacher in the Counseling Office, or 206-252-1107.

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AP Exam Important Instructions

Attention Students: Arrive to your testing location by 8:00 a.m. for 8:30 exams and 12:00 for 12:30 exams.  Most exams are in the Auxiliary Gym.  French will be in the Library. Please Note: Spanish and Japanese exams will be held at Roosevelt High School (students need to provide their own transportation to/from) to 1410 NE 66th St, Seattle, 98115. 


Please Bring:
  • Student ID
  • Your AP Student Pack (This will be given to you at check-in for your first exam. Then it will be your responsibility it to bring to your next exams).
  • Two #2 pencils with erasers
  • A black or dark blue pen
  • A graphing calculator (Chemistry, Calculus AB and BC)
  • A 4 function with square root calculator (Biology)
  • Water and a snack
  • A sweatshirt or coat as the gym can run both cold and hot 

Please Do NOT Bring:

  • Your Cell Phone 

The College Board has very strict rules about phones.  If your cell phone is seen or heard by any proctors during the test or even during the break, you will be dismissed from testing and your scores will be cancelled.  

Most exams should end between 12:00 - 12:30.  After the test, students will be dismissed to a 30 minute lunch after which they are expected to attend their afternoon classes. 

Contact Lisa Coacher the Academic Intervention Specialist with any questions at or 206-252-1107.

AP Resources: Here is a link to the AP College Board Preparing for your AP Exams:

State Exams

How Did Your Student Do Last Year on State Exams?  To find out how your student did on state testing last year, go to the Student Portal at the top of the website and log on to the Source.  On your student’s Source page, click on Assessments. View your student’s Smarter Balanced Assessment scores for English Language Arts (ELA) and MA on View State Assessment Scores link.  If your student took the Biology, Algebra or Geometry EOC, you can find their scores on the View End of Course Scores link.  

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Reference Information


All 11th graders are required by the Federal Government to take the SBA in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math, unless they previously passed the test as 10th graders. lf Students would like to get familiar with the format of the Smarter Balanced Assessment they can go to the SBA Practice Test.

Practice Test Link Tips: Select "Take the Practice and Training Tests" icon.  Use "Guest Settings" on Sign In page.  Choose "Start ELA HS Training Test" for Language Arts and "Start Math HS Training Test" for Math.  On the "Choose Settings" prompt leave settings; click Select.

Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Resources

Informational Video Links

Understanding Your PSAT Scores:

SAT Practice and Scores:

How to Link Your College Board & Khan Academy PSAT Accounts:

Visit the SPS Assessment and Testing webpage

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