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    AP UPDATE:  Please check the AP student site for news from the College Board about spring AP testing and how to prepare: 

     VERY IMPORTANT AP Exam Schedule Changes:

    Advanced Placement Exam Information AP exams are offered to students enrolled in an AP class at Nathan Hale or another Seattle Public School high school.   Nathan Hale offers AP classes in Environmental Science, Calculus, Statistics, English Literature, English Language, Computer Science A, Computer Science Principles, Japanese Language and Culture, and Spanish Language and Culture.  A score of 3 or above on qualifying Language Arts and Math tests will satisfy the graduation Pathway requirement.

    Students will register for AP exams with their College Board account this year.  A "Join Code" is provided to students by the AP classroom teacher to enroll in their class section. Once students have joined the class sections on MyAP, they can use all the Dashboard tools and resources and register for their AP exams. AP registration will occur in the AP classroom with the teacher of the AP course.  When providing their information it is critical to be accurate.  The College Board will use this information provide individualized answer keys for each student. Incorrect information during registration could result in a test not being ordered or a delay in scoring.

    Students who wish to take an AP exam must register on the new College Board Dashboard (MyAP) by Friday, November 1, 2019.

    The SPS registration fee to take an AP exam for 2020 is $102 per exam.

    The SPS late Registration fee to take an AP Exam is $15 per exam.

    Registrations that are paid for by the the exam deadline of November 15th will be cancelled and exams will not be ordered.

    Students and families will pay for their AP Exams online via SchoolPay on the Source.  it is highly recommended that students and families keep a copy of their receipt.

    Students eligible for fee waivers should complete the Free and Reduced Lunch forms online or request a hard copy from the counseling office.

    Students with accommodations must include this information this during registration.

    AP Exam Time Schedule for May 2020

    Exams will take place in the Library.  Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the time listed below.  Students arriving after the start of the exam will forfeit their exam.

     Exam Exam Begins
    May 5
    8:00 am
    May 6
    English Literature and Composition
    8:00 am
    May 7
    Japanese Language and Culture
    12:00 pm
    May 8
    Computer Science A
    12:00 pm
    May 11
    Environmental Science
    12:00 pm
    May 12
    Spanish Language and Culture
    8:00 am
    May 13
    English Language and Composition
    8:00 am
    May 15
    Statistics 12:00 pm
     May 17
    Computer Science Principles
    8:00 am

    Visit the College Board website for more information about Advanced Placement testing and other information to help students prepare for exams.

    The School Day SAT  with Essay will be administered at Nathan Hale to all juniors, free of charge, on March 4, 2019.  Students are automatically registered by the school district and do not need to sign up. The SAT covers reading, writing, and math. To prepare for the SAT, students can link their college board account to Khan Academy and get a personalized practice plan using the results of their PSAT/NMSQT exam.  Students need a College Boardaccount to access results online.  Pick up a flyer in the counseling office for a list of other resources. Exam scores can be used for college admission.  You may send 4 reports to colleges of your choosing for free.

    On the day of the test students should arrive at the Main Gym at 7:45 for check-in.  It's important that students have had breakfast and a good nights sleep.  Pencils and a calculator are required (no mechanical pencils.) It is a good idea to bring water and a snack for during the break. You need a calculator.

     Here's what will happen:

    • Get your answer key from your counselor in the Commons
    • Power down all devices, put them away, stow your things by the bleachers and be seated
    • The test supervisor will read all instructions verbatim from a manual and can answer questions only about procedure, not about test questions or content
    • The test supervisor will tell you when to start and stop working on each section
    • You must work within each section of the test only for the time allotted
    • You may not go back to a section once that section has ended
    • You may not go ahead to a new section if you finish a section early
    • Do not skip sections.  Doing so may result in score cancellation, delays, or both
    • After the test is finished the test supervisor will collect and count the test books to make sure all materials have been turned in
    • Students may not leave the testing room until the test supervisor dismisses them


    There is one 10-minute and one five-minute break during the test, the only times you can eat and drink.

    • Test books, answer sheets, and calculators must remain on your desk during breaks
    • A small snack will be provided during the longer break


    We mention cell phones and electronics often, and for good reason.  Your scores will be canceled if you don't follow the rules around devices.  Absolutely no phones allowed during the test for any reason.

    Although the test can be taken without a calculator:  bring a calculator!


    The Smarter Balanced English/Language Arts (ELA) and Smarter Balanced Math exam are given second semester to sophomores.  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.  

    For more information on how you can better understand your student's test results visit:

    The Smarter Balanced ELA and Math tests will be administered to all sophomores. The tests are online and will be given March 2-June 5. The SBA-ELA test will be given in the Integrated Studies classes.  The Math test will be given in the math classes.  Students who have already demonstrated standard with the SBA-Math or SBA-ELA do not have to re-take the exam.
    The State Board of Education has set the following cut scores:

    SBAC Score Standards

    The Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (W-CAS) is a testing requirement and will be administered to juniors this year.   Content tested include biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science. This is an online test and will be administered May 4-June 5.