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College Admission/AP/IB Test Alternatives

Eligible students may use their scores on the SAT with Essay or ACT with Writing tests to meet graduation assessment requirements in English language arts, math, and/or science (ACT, only).

In addition, students who earn a score of 3 or higher on specified Advanced Placement (AP) tests or 4 or higher on specified International Baccalaureate (IB) exams may use these scores to meet graduation assessment requirements in English language arts, math, and/or science.

To be eligible to use this option, the student must have:

  • Taken and not passed the state’s exit exams or accountability assessments at least once in the content area for which the student wants to use this graduation alternative; or
  • Transferred into a Washington public high school in the 11th or 12th grade from out of state or an in-state non-public school. (Specific criteria determine a transfer student’s eligibility to use this graduation alternative without taking the state’s exit exams or accountability assessments. This criteria is outlined in WAC 392-501-510.)

What test scores qualify?

For ELA: SAT with Essay® or ACT with Writing®

For Mathematics and/or Science: SAT with Essay® or SAT®, ACT with Writing® or ACT (no writing) ®

Students must meet or exceed one of the following scores in a subject area:

Class of 2017 and beyond:
Graduation Assessment Requirement SAT with Essay
(March 2016 or later)
SAT®
(March 2016 or later)
ACT with Writing ACT (no Writing)®

Mathematics

430 430 16 16

English Language Arts

410 N/A 14 N/A
Science (biology) N/A N/A 16 16

Update 01/13/17: For the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year, students from the Class of 2017 and earlier may apply the existing SAT ELA score of 410, established in August 2016, to fulfill the ELA assessment requirement.

**The SAT ELA cut score for graduation cohorts 2018 and beyond will not be released until next school year.


Class of 2016 and prior:
Graduation Assessment Requirement OLD SAT
(prior to March 2016
SAT with Essay (March 2016 or later) ACT with Writing

Mathematics

390 430 16

Reading

350 19 13
Writing 380 22 15*
Science (biology) N/A N/A 16

*SAT Subject Tests, PSAT, or alternate ACT tests (i.e. ACT Compass, Aspire, etc.) DO NOT qualify.

AP Exam Scores
Students must earn a score of 3 or higher on eligible AP exam or 4 or higher on eligible IB tests:


Graduation Assessment Requirement AP Exams IB Tests [must be at the Higher Level (HL)]

Mathematics

Calculus or Statistics Mathematics or Further Mathematics
English Language Arts English Language and Composition

- And -
One of:
  • English Literature and Composition,
  • Macroeconomics,
  • Microeconomics,
  • Psychology,
  • United States History,
  • World History,
  • United States Government and Politics,
  • Comparative Government and Politics
  • Language A: Literature,
  • Language A: Language and Literature,
  • Business and Management,
  • Economics,
  • Geography,
  • History,
  • Information Technology Is a Global Society,
  • Philosophy,
  • Psychology or
  • Social and Cultural Anthropology

Reading

English Literature and Composition, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Psychology, United States History, World History, United States Government and Politics, or Comparative Government and Politics

Language A: Literature, Language A: Language and Literature, Business and Management, Economics, Geography, History, Information Technology Is a Global Society, Philosophy, Psychology or Social and Cultural Anthropology

Writing

English Language and Composition

Science

Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Environmental Science

Biology, Chemistry or Physics

How does a student submit this Graduation Alternative?
To use this graduation alternative, a student must meet eligibility requirements and meet or exceed the score for the appropriate test or exam as shown above. The student will work with school staff to submit the application and associated score report to OSPI. A student’s score must meet the minimums set by OSPI.

If a student took the SAT, ACT, AP or IB test before taking an exit exam or accountability assessment, can a student submit those scores?
Unless a student meets the criteria under WAC 392-501-510 (Transfer Student) the student must have participated in a state exit exam or accountability assessment, in the content area for which he or she would like to submit, in order to access the graduation alternative forms for that content.

Where do I find the cut scores on the ACT Score report?
Cut scores for the ACT score report are circled on the following documents:

May a student get a fee waiver to take the SAT, SAT with Essay, ACT with Writing, ACT (no writing), IB or AP tests?

  • SAT, SAT with Essay, ACT with Writing or ACT (no writing): Eligible students who use the SAT, SAT with Essay, ACT with Writing or ACT (no writing) tests for purposes of a graduation alternative may apply for a fee voucher when registering (see below) for the test.
  • AP and IB: Fee vouchers are not available.

OSPI has arranged with both the ACT and the College Board (SAT) to provide eligible students a fee waiver for taking either the SAT or ACT tests.

To be eligible for a fee waiver, the student must have:

  1. Taken at least one of the state’s exit exams or accountability assessments once and not met standard on that test.
  2. Not received a fee waiver in the past.

To obtain a fee waiver, download the SAT or ACT Free Voucher Application (PDF) and mail it in with your registration. Fee waivers are not available when students register online.

No fee reimbursement is available after a student has registered for and paid for a test. Fee vouchers must be used at the time that the student registers by mail.

Where can I find additional information about SAT, ACT and College Entrance Tests?

 

   Updated 1/17/2017

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