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Assessments Overview

Assessments at Ballard

On this page and 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  SPS Testing and Assessments page for updates and news on how assessments are used and their requirements in Seattle Public Schools.

Advanced Placement (AP) Exam

Pre-Registration Payment Window was Oct 1 – Nov 5.

AP Exams will be given in-person at Ballard HS over May 2-6 and 9-13 to students that have pre-registered for an AP Exam(s). Refer to the AP Exam dates on CollegeBoard.

Note: Students must have registered and paid for their exams by Nov 5, 2021. Students must be currently enrolled in an AP class at Ballard High School to register for the corresponding AP test. Registrations that were not paid by Nov 5 were cancelled and exams were not ordered.


Students in Grades 10 and 11 will need to log in to their CollegeBoard accounts to view their scores and Juniors to use them to prepare for the SAT. PSAT scores for Grades 10 and 11 were released online by CollegeBoard on December 7, 2021.

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


SPS Update – No School Day SAT for Juniors: Seattle Public Schools High Schools are not holding a School Day SAT in March 2022.

Students in Grade 12 will need to log onto their CollegeBoard account to view their scores from the SAT in Oct 2021.

SAT scores for Grade 12 were released online on November 4, 2021 on CollegeBoard.

Visit the SAT Details to learn more about understanding the SAT scores and information about how to send them as well.

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.

Important: All students MUST have and bring their school district laptop or they will not be able to take the assessments. Please refer to the State Assessments Details for important laptop requirements.


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.