Lake Washington High School Assessment Update & Registration

We are excited to announce the upcoming opportunity for our students in multiple grades to take and complete national assessments. District wide, all high schools will be taking these assessments on Wednesday, October 13th. The chart below outlines what your student(s) will be doing on that day.

Grade Level



9th Graders

Remote activities/lessons provided by school. (more details to follow)

9th graders do not come to school on October 13. Attendance will be taken by participation in remote activities/lessons.

10th Graders


District pays fee for all 10th graders. 10th graders are expected to take the assessment. Alternate activities are not provided.

11th and Graders

Student Choice:



Remote activities/lessons provided by school (more details to follow)

11th and 12th graders that elect to take PSAT/NMSQT must pay $18 via the Payment Portal or in person during Cashier hours (cash/check only) Payment window closed Tuesday​ 9/14 @ 5:00pm 


11th graders who don’t take a test do not come to school on October 13. Attendance will be taken by participation in remote activities/lessons

12th Graders

Student Choice:



Remote activities/lessons provided by school (more details to follow)

LWSD will cover the cost for seniors taking the SAT on Oct 13, 2021, this year. There is no essay with this assessment.


12th graders who don’t take a test do not come to school on October 13. Attendance will be taken by participation in remote activities/lessons.

Not all the assessments have a registration or a “fee” associated. Those that do are listed below: 

  • 11th or 12th graders who elect to take the PSAT/NMSQT should make their $18 payment here:
  • 12th graders wanting to take the NO COST SAT exam (without essay) will sign up through a Microsoft Forms to register for the assessment.

Questions? Contact Joe Joss, Dean of Students

What is the PSAT/NMSQT?
The PSAT/NMSQT is the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The purpose of the PSAT is to familiarize students with the kinds of questions, style of directions, and physical environment of an SAT exam, and provides students with a projected SAT score range, personalized feedback, and a study plan. Eleventh grade students who take the PSAT/NMSQT are also automatically screened for the National Merit®Scholarship Program; an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. 

What is the SAT?
The SAT is a test is used by many colleges and universities in the admissions process. The district is only allowed to offer the SAT without essay on October 13. Achieving a certain score on the SAT is one of the methods to meet the Graduation Pathway requirement in Washington State.

What is the SAT/ACT Test?

The SAT and ACT are both entrance exams used by most college and universities to make admission decisions.  The purpose is to measure a high school student's readiness for college.  Typically, the higher the score, the more options for attending and paying for college will be available to you.

Common Questions:

Should I take the SAT or the ACT?

SAT/ACT Useful Links

SAT & ACT Testing Is Now Optional at Many Colleges

Update: March 30, 2021

Most Washington colleges are not requiring high school seniors to take standardized tests like the SAT or ACT for fall 2021 admission. While COVID-19 has led to this increased flexibility, many colleges are making their test-optional policies permanent.

Some colleges require an alternative in place of test scores, such as a letter of recommendation, participation in dual credit courses, or success in certain high school classes. Requirements vary by campus but are generally similar by type:

  • None of Washington’s public four-year colleges will require SAT or ACT scores for fall 2021 freshman admission, and most will remain test-optional in future years.
  • Washington’s private, not-for-profit four-year colleges offer test-optional pathways, although a few require test scores for students who were home-schooled or received non-standard grades.
  • Public two-year community and technical colleges are open access, so anyone with a high school diploma or GED can apply and attend. Test scores are not considered.

So, should students still take the SAT or ACT? There are private scholarships that take test scores into account. And while some test-optional colleges won’t look at test scores, others will consider them if submitted. In that case, not testing won’t hurt, but good scores could help. Always check with each college directly for the latest admissions information.