Assessments at Ballard HS
Types of Assessments
On the corresponding individual test specific pages you will find helpful dates and detailed information about the different kinds of testing that happen for students over the course of their four years at Ballard High School.
Please visit the SPS Testing and Assessments page for updates and news on how assessments are used and their requirements in Seattle Public Schools. Note: SPS contracts with the College Board for the school-day PSAT and SAT only. The district—as a single entity—does not contract with the College Board for any Saturday testing or the ACT exam.
Registration and Payment closed on Nov 4, 2022. AP Exams will be in person at Ballard HS May 1-5 and 8-12, 2023.
Refer to the AP Exam Information post for more details.
For the School Year 22-23, students in Grade 11 were administered the PSAT/NMSQT on Wed, Oct 12, 2022. Score information should be available on College Board the first week of December 2022.
For the School Year 22-23, students in Grade 12 were administered the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) on Wed, Oct 12, 2022. Score information is available on College Board.
Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA): ELA, Math, WCAS
All students are required to meet State Standards in English Language Arts and Math in order to earn a diploma from Ballard High School. The most efficient way to demonstrate proficiency is by taking and passing the state exams given to students the spring of their sophomore year.
The ACT, is an entrance exam used by some colleges to make admissions decisions. It is administered by ACT, Inc to measure a student’s readiness for college.
How important ACT scores are varies from school to school. Students and families need to register and pay for these exams as they are not offered at SPS or Ballard High School.
Overall, the higher you score on the ACT and/or SAT, the more options for attending and paying for college in the US will be available. Refer to the ACT website for more information on ACT dates, locations and fees.