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    Assessments, Testing Schedules & Scores Overview

    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 as well as additional testing opportunities. Please visit SPS Testing and Assessments page for updates and news on how assessments are used and their requirments in Seattle Public Schools. 

    Academic Intervention Specialists | 206-252-1107 
    Lisa Coacher, ljcoacher@seattleschools.org | Mike Broom, mrbroom@seattleschools.org   



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    The ACT, is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. It is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test administered by ACT, Inc.

    The purpose of the ACT test is to measure a high school student's readiness for college, and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants. College admissions officers will review standardized test scores alongside your high school GPA, the classes you took in high school, letters of recommendation from teachers or mentors, extracurricular activities, admissions interviews, and personal essays. How important ACT scores are in the college application process varies from school to school.

    Overall, the higher you score on the ACT and/or SAT, the more options for attending and paying for college will be available to you.  If you're planning to apply to college in the US you will almost certainly have to take one of these tests.

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    Students in AP courses might earn college credit and/or advanced placement in college if they perform well on AP Exams given in May and if their college of choice accepts the AP exam for credit. College credit is not guaranteed but rather is determined by each individual college upon the student’s enrollment in that college. AP courses at Ballard High School prepare students for these exams and offer a rigorous subject study available.

    Please Note: AP offerings may vary from year to year depending on student interest and staffing. Prerequisites for AP courses are outlined in the course descriptions in the BHS Course Catalog.  AP students wanted to take an AP Exam must register and pay on the BHS AP Registration site between Jan 4 - Feb 27, 2019. Estimated cost $102.00 per exam. Ap exams are only offered to students who are taking an AP course. Students should see the Ballard High School Academic Intervention Specialist/Testing Coordinator if they need fee assistance.

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    The PSAT provides valuable feedback on strengths and the skills necessary for college study. Students can then focus their preparation on areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice. The PSAT measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills and writing skills.

    Gives insight on how a performance on an admissions test compares to others applying to college. Helps students prepare for the SAT. Students will become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions they will see on the SAT.

    Could help Juniors qualify for scholarships. The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) for Juniors is a program co-sponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corp. (NMSC).

    Seattle Public Schools administers the
    PSAT (Preliminary SAT) to Sophomores and the PSAT/NMSQT to Junior students on October 10, 2018. This is offered to all sophomores and juniors free of charge, no pre-registration required.  

    PSAT Information



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    The SAT is the most widely used college admission test in the country along with the ACT. SAT scores demonstrate students are prepared for college with necessary skills and knowledge.

    All SPS Juniors will be automatically registered for the exam. No action is required of families in advance. 

    No cost. Families and students will not be charged for the test, which normally carries a minimum cost of $57.00. The school-day test is free.

    Students may also send up to four score reports for free. The school-day test permits students to send score reports to as many as four colleges or scholarship programs.

    Seattle Public Schools administers the SAT to Juniors on a regular school day in March. The test date for this school year is March 6, 2019. The SAT is offered to all Juniors free of charge, no pre-registration required. 

    SAT Information



    SBA TESTS (ELA & MATH)

    The Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) is State required and determines students'progress toward graduation and college, career readiness in English language arts/literacy and math. All BHS 10th graders are required to take the SBA in ELA and Math. All BHS 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. 

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    WCAS Exam

    The WaCAS assessment is based on the Next Generation Science standards being used in our Science classrooms at all grade levels. The new standards are designed to mirror the thinking and practices used by scientists in the real world – focusing on the core ideas of science, science and engineering practices and key concepts that cut across all the disciplines of science. This set of ideas and practices are key to preparing our students for any study in science they do beyond high school. Juniors are required by the state to take the WCAS as a federal accountability measure. Taking and passing the WCAS will be a high school graduation requirement for the class of 2021 and beyond.

    WCAS Information