Assessments

AP Testing

AP classes are rigorous academic courses designed for students who are college bound. There is no placement test for AP. Students self-select these courses and should be prepared to work at a college-level pace. At the end of the course, the student is expected to take the AP exam which is managed by College Board.

AP exams are highly recognized by colleges and universities with regard to a student's preparation for the demands of college courses. AP exams present an opportunity for college credit and/or higher placement in college courses. Each college decides which AP exam grades it will accept for credit or placement.

Information about exam dates and fees can be found on the College Board website.

Learn about the Advanced Placement Program at WHS.

Learn about Advanced Placement testing at WHS.

Smarter Balanced Testing

The Smarter Balanced assessment system provides educators, students and parents meaningful results with actionable data to help students succeed. The assessment is aligned to Common Core State Standards and consists of three major components, all designed to improve teaching and learning.

The Smarter Balanced Summative assessments are required. They will take place during the last 12 weeks of the school year. These computer-based tests will help schools evaluate how well their students performed by comparing them with students from other schools across the nation. The end-of-year assessments also will empower families by providing them with a clear indication of how well their children are progressing toward mastering the academic knowledge and skills necessary for college and career readiness.

Smarter Balanced assessments replaced the math, reading and writing portions of the MSP students in grades 3-8. The science portion of the MSP (tested in grades 5 and 8) remained the same. 11th graders will take the high school level of the new Smarter Balanced tests, but meeting standard on the tests is not a graduation requirement until the Class of 2019. Students will not take the new Smarter Balanced tests in grades K-2, 9, or 12. 10th graders will only take the English Language Arts Smarter Balanced test.

Learn more by visiting the Smarter Balanced website.


Smarter Balanced ELA & Math State Assessment Retakes and
Off-Grade Level Graduation Alternative Retakes 
Seniors and juniors needing to meet standard on the State required assessment in English Language Arts (ELA) will take the Smarter Balanced ELA exam October 25 and 26 in the Library at 7:45 a.m. Students must test both days.
Seniors and juniors needing to meet the mathematics standard will take the Smarter Balanced Math Test November 1 and 2 in the Library at 7:45 a.m. Students must test both days.
Seniors and juniors needing to meet standard on the Off-Grade Level Graduation Alternative will take the ELA exam October 29 and 30 and/or Math November 5 and 6. The exams will also take place at 7:45 a.m. in the Library and the students must test both days of each session.
Seniors and juniors who need to test will be contacted directly.
Sophomores will participate in State required Smarter Balanced ELA and Math exams next spring, as well as juniors who will participate in WCAS (Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science) federal accountability testing.
If you should have any questions about your student's progress to graduation, please contact your student's counselor. For assessment related questions, please contact Denise Schwans at dschwans@nsd.org.

PSAT/NMSQT

October 10 PSAT Exam Room Assignments

Juniors and sophomores

Freshmen


Continuing with our commitment to our students’ college readiness and our ongoing improvement efforts, Woodinville High School will administer the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) to juniors and sophomores for a reduced fee of $13. The fee for juniors and sophomores is due September 21. Freshmen have the option to order a test booklet by paying the $13 fee by September 10.

  •      Testing students are encouraged to read and familiarize themselves with the contents of the College Board's Fall 2018 PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide.  The booklet will answer all of the student’s questions regarding the test. It also has a practice test, allowing students the opportunity to preview the exam.

Juniors & Sophomores:

  • The exam will take place during the regular school day on

    Wednesday, October 10, 7:45-11:15 a.m.

  • The reduced fee is $13.00
  • Payment was due September 21

    and can be paid online through the parent's TouchBase account (it will be reflected in the student's account as a fee that is due in RED at login) or by cash or check payable to WHS at the Cashier's or Main Office
  • Students who are in need of financial support can contact their counselor for assistance. 
  • 10th & 11th-Grade PSAT exam fee payment

Freshmen:

  • PSAT testing is optional for all 9th graders - those who want to test register by paying for the exam in TouchBase or in person at the WHS Cashier's or Main Office no later than Monday, September 10.
  • The exam will take place during the regular school day on Wednesday, October 10, 7:45-11:15 a.m.
  • The cost for this exam is $13.00.
  • There is not a late registration window for freshmen as exams must be ordered from the College Board at the end of the day September 10.
  • Students who are in need of financial support can contact their counselor for assistance, but must still register online.
  • 9th-Grade PSAT exam registration and payment

Non-WHS Students & Additional Freshmen Registrations

Provided there are test booklets available after accommodating any newly enrolled WHS sophomores and juniors, Woodinville High School will offer a limited number of tests for non-WHS students and WHS freshmen who may want to test.

  • Registration takes place in person at the WHS Cashier's Office on a first-come, first-served basis from September 27 through October 5
  • If not home schooled or a WHS freshman, registrants must provide their school's 6-digit CEEB code (College Entrance Examination Board Code. Search here for the code.)
  • Tests will not be sold after October 5
  • The test fee for non-WHS students is $23.00
  • The test fee for WHS freshmen is $13.00
  • Upon registration and receipt of payment, instructions for exam day and the Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT will be provided

Planning for Testing Day

In order to ensure the best opportunity for success on the PSAT, it is recommended that students do the following prior to taking the test:

  • Students are encouraged to read and familiarize themselves with the contents of the College Board's Fall 2018 PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide.  The guide will answer all of the student’s questions regarding the test. It also has a practice test, allowing students the opportunity to preview the exam.
For exam day:
  • Classroom assignments will be posted in the building the morning of October 9
  • Testing takes place by preferred first name and preferred last name
  • Get a good night’s sleep and eat a nutritional breakfast
  • Dress in layers and wear comfortable, non-binding clothing.
  • Know their home address
  • Phones, electronic devices (other than acceptable calculators), and earbuds/headphones MUST be turned off and stored as instructed by the exam proctor during the test
What to bring:
  • Picture ID
  • Calculator (as described in the College Board’s Fall 2018 PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide on page 27).
    • In alignment with what will occur when students sit for the SAT, calculators will not be provided if forgotten.
  • Two #2 pencils and an eraser
  • Bottle of water and a light snack for mid-morning

WCAS

Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science

The 5th, 8th, and 11th grade Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) were administered for the first time in spring 2018. These tests fulfill the federal (ESSA) requirement that students be tested in science once at each level: elementary, middle, and high school. 

The WCAS measures the level of proficiency that Washington students have achieved based on the Washington State 2013 K-12 Science Learning Standards, which were adopted in October 2013.

Learn more about the WCAS.