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Assessments Overview

Assessments at Ballard HS

Testing News

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School Day Gr 11 PSAT & Gr 12 SAT

Assessments on October 12, 2022.

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.

AP Exam

Pre-Registration and Payment Date Window for 2023 AP Exams will be posted as it becomes available.

Refer to the AP Exams on CollegeBoard for more information.


For the School Year 22-23, students in Grade 11 will be administered the PSAT/NMSQT on Wednesday, Oct 12, 2022.

Visit the PSAT Details for more information regarding the PSAT/NMSQT.


For the School Year 22-23, students in Grade 12 will be administered the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) on Wednesday, Oct 12, 2022.

Visit the SAT Details for more information regarding the SAT.

State Assessments


Grades 10 – 12 students will be taking the Smarter Balanced (SBA) in Math, English Language Arts (ELA), and Science (WCAS) on different days, times, and locations over the school 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.