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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 requirements in Seattle Public Schools.

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    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. 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. Please visit ACT, Inc at for information on dates, locations and fees. Students and families need to register and pay for these exams as they are not offered at SPS or Ballard High School.

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    Updated College Board Timeline For AP Exam Registration | Must Register By November 1, 2019 AP Registration Details

    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. Visit the AP CollegeBoard website for more information.

    Ballard High School offers AP exams for students who are enrolled in an AP course at Ballard or another Seattle Public Schools high school. 

    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 Ballard HS Course Catalog.  AP students wanted to take an AP Exam must register and pay on the BHS AP Registration site. Estimated cost is $102.00 per exam. Students should see the Ballard High School Academic Intervention Specialist/Testing Coordinator if they need fee assistance.

    AP Exam Detailed Information


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    SPS School Day PSAT is October 16, 2019.  Visit the SPS School Day PSAT for more details.

    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. Visit PSAT CollegeBoard to learn more about the PSAT.

    Gives insight on how a performance on an admissions test compares to others applying to college. Visit the Khan Academy to find ways to help students prepare for the SAT using their PSAT results. Students will become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions they will see on the SAT.

    The PSAT 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).

    Visit the PSAT Detailed Information link for more information about when scores will be released and preparing Juniors for the SAT. 

    PSAT Detailed 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 this year on March 4, 2020. No action is required of families in advance. Visit the SPS School Day SAT page for more details.

    The SAT is offered at this time to all Juniors free of charge, no pre-registration required.

    Refer to the PSAT Detailed Information for resources for Juniors on using their PSAT Scores to help them prepare for the SAT.

    SAT Detailed Information


    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. 

    SBA Detailed Information


    *WCAS Exam

    The WCAS 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 Detailed Information




    The class of 2020 is required to meet State Standards in the areas of English Language Arts and Math to earn a diploma from Ballard High School. The Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) measures students’ proficiency in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math.

    The class of 2022 is required to meet State Standards in the areas of Language Arts, Math and Science to earn a diploma from Ballard High School. The Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) measures students’ proficiency in Science.

    Visit the SPS Science and 24 Credits page for more information about graduation requirements.

    Updated 9/1/2019