Assessments at Nathan Hale
Advanced Placement Testing
The district has not updated their AP Testing webpage as of start of school (September 2023) but the above link should go to the page once updated.
The deadline to register for AP Tests this school year is Wednesday, November 1st. Students planning to take AP exams in May 2024 may register on the College Board website. The link to submit payment for registered tests is via the Nathan Hale HS 2024 AP Exams Schoolpay link.
The SAT will be administered to all seniors at Nathan Hale on Wednesday, October 11, 2023. The school district has registered all students for these free exams. It has not been confirmed yet for this exam but it’s likely students will take the test in Mentorship class again this year.
The SAT covers reading, writing, and math. The Seattle Public Library offers tutors for SAT practice through Tutor.com. All SPS students have access to this free opportunity. If you don’t have a library card you can use your student ID to get access.
To prepare for the SAT, students can access practice materials:
Students can link their college board account to Khan Academy and get a personalized practice plan using the results of their PSAT/NMSQT exam if they have taken it. Students need a College Board account to access results online. Exam scores can be used for college admission. You may send 4 reports to colleges of your choosing for free.
The PSAT/NMSQT test date for juniors at Nathan Hale has been confirmed for Thursday, 10/19 (Sarah Fraser’s English 101 classes), Tuesday, 10/24 (Joel Jacobson’s English 101 classes) and Wednesday, 10/25 (students in David Heald, Starr McKittrick and Chris Mulder’s English 101 classes). Running Start juniors should contact Lori Takahashi, Counseling Secretary, at email@example.com, to schedule either Thursday, 10/19 or Tuesday 10/24 to take the test. Students should be in the library by 8:50am with their charged district/SPS laptop. The school district will register all students for these free exams.
Smarter Balance ELA, Math & Science
The 9th grade class will take the Smarter Balance English/Language Arts, Math and Science exams. The date to be determined. These exams are computer adaptive and measure grade level skills from the 20-21 school year. The tests have been redesigned to be shorter than in the past and no longer have a performance task. Freshmen will take the test on their school laptops. Personal devices cannot be used. Headphones will be available to those who need them.
Meeting standard on the SBA tests satisfy the graduation Pathway requirement. Juniors and seniors who have not yet passed or students who would like to improve their score are eligible to take the exam.
Students who have already demonstrated standard with the SBA-Math or SBA-ELA as 10th graders do not have to re-take the exam. A score of 3 or above may be used for placement purposes for college admission.
Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (W-CAS)
Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (W-CAS) is a testing requirement and is administered to juniors. Content tested include biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science. This is an online test.