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Testing and Assessments

Types of Assessments

On this page you will also find helpful dates and detailed information about the different kinds of testing that happen for students over the course of their four years at Garfield 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.

Announcements

AP Exam Registration &
Payment Due By Nov 9 (extended) by 5 p.m.

Seattle Public School (SPS) students who wish to take AP exams at their high school must register to take the exam(s) by the district-wide AP Registration & Fees Payment Deadline of Nov 6, 2023. Payments are made for each exam on SchoolPay on the family Source Account.

Registration & Payment

  1. Register for AP Exam(s) through College Board using your College Board login information.
  2. Pay for exams through SchoolPay on the family Source Account and indicate which exams you are taking before Nov, 9, 2023 at 5 p.m.

*Just because you are in a class or have paid for it does not mean that you are registered.  If you haven’t paid for it, your registration will be canceled.

AP Exams In May 2024

The 2024 AP Exams will be administered in school over two weeks in May 2024.

Resources

Refer to the College Board website for exam testing dates, and general information. 


AP Exams, PSAT, SAT and ACT Information

AP Courses

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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 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 Garfield HS prepare students for these exams and offer a rigorous subject study available. Visit the AP CollegeBoard website for more information about AP exams.

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 Garfield HS Course Description Guide.

PSAT Scores

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PSAT Juniors should be able to see their scores online by signing into their College Board account. The College Board has suggestions what to do next, and explains which organizations receive students’ contact information.

The PSAT score may also lead to scholarships administered thorough the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT/NMSQT) helps Juniors prepare for the SAT and is used to qualify students for scholarships and advanced learning opportunities.

The PSAT/NMSQT can qualify students for the National Merit Scholarship Program and other scholarships. To prepare, get practice tests with official SAT practice on Khan Academy online. 

For more information about the SPS School Day PSAT/NMSQT please refer to the district PSAT and SAT webpage.


PSAT Scores and Preparing for the SAT

PSAT scores are released online by the College Board.

Students will need to log onto their College Board accounts to view their scores and use them to prepare for the SAT. Refer to the College Board Getting Scores site for all the information you need and a video as well.

Students will receive their original PSAT test booklets in their Language Arts class. If you would like to learn more about how to understand your scores and get tips for preparing for the SAT or need assistance with your College Board account, come to the Garfield Counseling Center, the GHS counselors are there to help.

Grade 11 Juniors, to understand your PSAT scores and how to link your test results with free Khan Academy® practice tests tailored just for you to prepare for the SAT view this video by College Board site. In addition learn more information about practicing for the SAT on College Board as well.

National Merit Scholarship Program

The PSAT/NMSQT is the route of entry into the National Merit Scholarship Program for Juniors. Questions specific to National Merit Scholarship Program should be directed to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation or the College Board.

Resources

  • Visit College Board PSAT to learn more about the PSAT/NMSQT. 
  • The College Board has partnered with Khan Academy to provide a personalized practice program. 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.
  • PrepScholar | SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips About the PSAT/NMSQT: Expert Guide.

Seattle Public School Resources

Students who qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch (FRL) may be eligible to receive additional benefits from the College Board such as unlimited sending of scores. In order to receive these benefits, applicants must check the box on the form for ‘Pre College Exams’ in section number 7 of the form and sign. Visit the district School Day PSAT page for more information.

The PSAT/NMSQT helps Juniors prepare for the SAT and is used to qualify students for scholarships and advanced learning opportunities. These tests are offered to all Juniors free of charge; no pre-registration is required.

Why Take 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).

SAT Scores

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SAT Scores: Seniors should be able to see their scores online on November 1, 2023 by signing into their College Board account. Also, see information on sending scores to colleges.

For current information about the Seattle Public School’s School Day SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) please refer to the district SAT webpage.


SAT Understanding Scores and Reporting

SAT scores are released online by the CollegeBoard. Students will need to log in to their College Board account to view their scores.

Check out the following resources on SAT scores

  1. How to Get Your Scores
  2. Understanding your SAT Scores | Finding out how SAT scores are calculated, score structure, what SAT scoring means for you.
  3. How to Send SAT Scores | Information about sending your SAT scores.

Resources and Information

Visit the Free SAT Practice at College Board for testing tips and resources.

Refer to the district SAT page for more information about testing and Seattle Public Schools.

This school year the GHS Counselors want to encourage all 12th graders to take it as it is an opportunity to meet the Graduation Pathway requirement. The Graduation Pathway requirement can be met a few different ways including taking and earning a cut score on the SBA, SAT or ACT. Or also, by taking and passing a college level English and college level math course.


Seattle Public School SAT Info & Resources

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

Students who qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch (FRL) may be eligible to receive additional benefits from the College Board such as free SAT tests and unlimited sending of scores. Visit the Seattle Public Schools School Day SAT page for more information.

The school-day administration offers these benefits:

  • No cost. The school day test is free for SPS students. No action is required of families in advance.
  • 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.
  • Additional pathway to graduation. A qualifying score on the SAT can be used as a graduation pathway for English Language Arts ELA and/or math.

The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) focuses on the knowledge and skills that the best evidence indicates are essential for college and career readiness and success. This test is composed of four sections: Math, Reading, Writing and Language, and Essay. 

Additional Resources

  • College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Download the official College Board SAT student guide.
  • PSAT Score Report Video To Practice For SAT Understand your PSAT scores and how to link your test results with free Khan Academy® practice tests tailored just for you to prepare for the SAT. 
  • Khan Academy SAT Practice The College Board has partnered with Khan Academy to provide a personalized practice program.
  • SAT Prep For general information regarding the SAT.

ACT

The ACT is an assessment used by many colleges to evaluate applicants. ACT scores can also be used to evaluate merit-based scholarship application. Register, review, and plan for the ACT. Review comparing the SAT to the ACT