College Admission/AP/IB Test Alternatives
Students may use scores on college admissions (ACT (no writing)®, ACT with Writing®, SAT®, SAT with Essay®) tests to show they possess the knowledge and skills expected of high school graduates. Students must meet Eligibility Criteria and be enrolled in 11th or 12th grade before submitting scores from any of these examinations.
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 and/or math.
College Admissions tests
Approved College Admissions Tests* for Each Content Area:
For ELA: ACT with Writing® or SAT with Essay®
For Mathematics: ACT with Writing®, ACT (no writing)®, SAT with Essay® or SAT®
*SAT Subject Tests, PSAT, or alternate ACT tests (i.e. ACT Compass, Aspire, etc.) DO NOT qualify.
College Admissions Test Cut Scores
A student’s graduation cohort affects which content areas are required for meeting assessment graduation requirements.
Students must meet or exceed one of the following scores in a given content area:
Class of 2017-2020:
|Graduation Assessment Requirement||
SAT with Essay
(March 2016 or later)
(March 2016 or later)
|ACT with Writing||ACT (no Writing)®|
English Language Arts
In order to submit this assessment graduation alternative, an official score report must be uploaded to the College Admission Form in the Graduation Alternatives Application.
The official student score report is the only report that will be considered valid for a submission.
If the uploaded document is NOT an official score report from ACT or SAT:
- The school district will receive an audit finding
- The student’s form will be unlocked, and approvals removed
- An official score report will need to be uploaded and the form re-submitted
Eligible students (see below) who use an approved college admission test score for the purpose of fulfilling one or more of their assessment graduation requirements may use -one time only- an OSPI fee voucher to pay for the test registration fee. These vouchers are requested from OSPI at the district level, and are valid only for the ONLINE registration process for ACT or SAT tests.
To be eligible for a fee voucher, the student must:
- Be in the graduation class of 2019 or earlier
- Have not requested/used an OSPI fee voucher in the past
- Be eligible for assessment graduation alternatives in one or more content areas, as shown in their “student overview” page within the Graduation Alternatives application.
- Have NOT yet fulfilled the graduation requirement in the content area for which they are shown as "eligible."
- Fee vouchers are available for the SAT©, SAT with Essay©, ACT (no writing)©, and ACT with writing© test.
- Fee vouchers will come in the form of a document containing a unique code and directions for use in the online registration process for SAT or ACT tests.
- Because fee vouchers are pre-purchased by OSPI from SAT and ACT separately, students must indicate the test they wish to take (ACT or SAT) at the time of their initial voucher request.
- Because fee vouchers are pre-purchased, they can not be replaced or re-requested. Once issued to a student, they are responsible for handling and utilizing their vouchers responsibly, in accordance with provided instructions.
Contact your school (counselor, academic advisor, career center, etc.) to establish whether you are eligible, and, if so, inform school personnel of the test type (ACT or SAT) you will take. Your school will submit your request for a voucher using the procedures outlined below. Once your request has been processed, OSPI will issue a fee voucher to your district containing a unique code and instructions for the online registration process for the ACT or SAT.
- The district is responsible for ensuring that vouchers issued by OSPI reach the original student requestors.
- Individual students are responsible for retaining the fee voucher and redeeming it (aka. using it to register online) according to the instructions provided. Fee vouchers are pre-paid by OSPI and, therefore, cannot be replaced if lost or stolen.
Gather all fee voucher requests from your school. You may have a designated person or persons responsible for this task. Requests will only be accepted from a district employee who is listed as a District Assessment Coordinator (or Designee), as shown in WAMS. Schools will send the requests to the District Coordinator for verification and submission to OSPI. Voucher requests must indicate the specific test for which the student will register.
*Districts are encouraged to institute a standard procedure for in-district communication/submission of student fee voucher requests.
For District [Assessment] Coordinators -- How to request fee vouchers from OSPI:
Please follow the Fee Voucher Request - Instructions for District Coordinators and submit a completed OSPI Fee Voucher Request Form to OSPI according to the instructions. Once OSPI receives the request and confirms student eligibility, voucher codes will be issued to the District Coordinator who is responsible for their distribution to the respective students. Turnaround for voucher requests is typically 1 - 3 days.
*No fee reimbursement is available after a student has registered for and paid for a test.
AP and/or IB 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 by Content Area||AP Exams||IB Tests [must be at the Higher Level (HL)]|
|Calculus or Statistics||Mathematics or Further Mathematics|
|English Language Arts||
Reading (Class of 2016 and earlier)
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 (Class of 2016 and earlier)
English Language and Composition
How to submit this Assessment Graduation Alternative
This assessment graduation alternative is submitted in the Graduation Alternatives Application.
To submit, the student must:
- Be enrolled in 11th or 12th grade (as determined by the student's graduation requirement year in CEDARS)
- Meet or exceed the score for the appropriate test or exam as shown above
- Provide a copy of their official score report to their counselor to be uploaded to the digital college admissions test form in the Graduation Alternatives Application