State Testing

Any of these pathways will fulfill the requirement:

SBAC –must score at least Level 3

SAT – must score a 410 in English and/or a 430 in math

ACT –must score a 14 in English and/or a 16 in math

AP – must score a 3 or above on a math and/or English test, passing the course is not enough

Running Start – must pass a 100 level or above course in math and/or English

ASVAB – must earn a score of 31 or above, will qualify for both math and English

Testing Updates 2020-21

Thank you for visiting the Garfield Testing Page!

During this time, our school is adhering to all recommended COVID-19 related health precautions and will continue to monitor exam conditions for the safety of our students. 

As a result, this page will be subject to change, and will be updated with exam information as it becomes available; as directed by the school district.

If you have questions regarding the PSAT, SAT, SBAC and AP exams, please expect school-wide communication via the Garfield App and the new daily bulletin in the coming weeks.

We thank you for your patience and understanding while we navigate this extremely dynamic situation. 

SAT Update: School Day SAT at Garfield: CANCELLED

AP Update:

Thank you for your flexibility as we continue to gain information on this year’s AP exams. Some quick updates are as follows:

  • Registration: All exams will be ordered this Friday, March 12th. Please confirm your exam registrations are accurate.
  • Test Fees: Exams are $102/ exam and $0 for students receiving Free & Reduced Lunch
  • Payment Window: SchoolPay for AP exam payment is open NOW – May 3rd at 9p
  • Projected Testing Schedule: Unofficially, we will be testing during administration 3 (June 1-4, 7-11)
  • Please Submit Payment Receipts

*World Language Exams: If you are registered for Latin, Spanish, Japanese and/or French please do not submit payment yet (as of today, we may have to cancel all World Language exams due to in-person only options from the College Board. Please stay tuned for updates in the coming days.

PSAT Update:

January School Day PSAT: CANCELLED

As it has been determined that SPS will not return to in-person instruction during first semester, the administration of the January 26, 2021 school day PSAT has been cancelled. Information regarding this cancellation will be posted on the Assessment Department’s external webpage.

The College Board will not be providing additional school-day administration dates for the PSAT/NMSQT during the 2020-21 school year. 

The PSAT/NMSQT is the route of entry into the National Merit Scholarship Program. Since students were unable to take the 2020 PSAT/NMSQT (offered in October 2020 and January 2021) due to  school closures, students may use SAT scores as alternative method for entry requirements.

Alternate Entry to the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program

Please make sure to note all requirements and deadlines outlined in the document.

Questions specific to National Merit Scholarship Program should be directed to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation or the College Board.

AP Testing Update:

As of 10/26/20

Notice for parents of students taking AP courses:

We appreciate your flexibility as we work to navigate logistics surrounding the AP Program at Seattle Public Schools. We are writing to inform you of important and time sensitive updates for your student who is currently enrolled in one or more AP courses. Please review the following information:

Exam Registration:

All students who wish to take AP exams must register by the end of the school day on November 12, 2020

Testing Options:

At this time, the expectation of the College Board is to have students test in-person, and there is not an option for online exams. The College Board may decide later to offer an online testing option, but we have no information about that at this time. As you know, Seattle Public Schools are operating 100% remote right now, and we do not know if Seattle Public Schools will be open for in-person learning when tests are administered in May. If we are not open, and the College Board does not offer an online option, students will likely not be able to take the AP exams.

Payment & Refunds:

In previous years, we have collected AP exam fees during the registration period.  However, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we have decided not to begin collecting exam fees until February. Our collection window will run from February 1 through March 5, 2021 . We hope that there will be more information available by February, so that you and your student will be able to make an informed decision on whether to pay for AP exams or not. If you do pay for the exam but decide later to cancel the exam, you will receive a full refund.  Please note that refunds take time to process and will likely not be available until summer of 2021. The fee is $102 per exam; however, students who receive Free or Reduced Lunch do not have to pay this fee.

We realize that the uncertainty around whether or not students will be able to take AP exams is difficult. We will provide more information as it becomes available.

You can locate the exam schedule on