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College Admission, AP/IB Exam & Courses

Test Resources
  • SAT-Information on SAT (non-OSPI) Fee Waivers
  • ACT-Information on ACT (non-OSPI) Fee Waivers
  • AP Exams
  • IB exams: Contact your school counselor

Contact Information

Graduation Pathways


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. 

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 2017-2021

Graduation Assessment/Pathway Requirement SAT with Essay
(March 2016 or later)
(March 2016 or later)
ACT with Writing ACT (no Writing)®


430 430 16 16

English Language Arts

410 N/A 14 N/A

Required Documentation

This may NOT be a printout from a webpage, or a school district summary of reports, etc. The official student score report is the only report that will be considered valid for a submission. Please keep all documentation in the student's cumulative file!

Fee Vouchers

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:

  1. Be in the graduation class of 2019 or earlier
  2. Have not requested/used an OSPI fee voucher in the past
  3. Be eligible in one or more content areas, as shown in their “student overview” page within the Graduation Alternatives application.
  4. 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 to be used to register for national test dates only, not eligible for test offered at the school day.
  • 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.

  • For Students:
    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. 

    For Schools:
    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 or Designees -- How to request fee vouchers from OSPI:
    Please 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 Assessment Coordinator (or Designee) 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 & IB Exam Scores

Students must earn a score of 3 or higher on eligible AP exam or 4 or higher on eligible IB exam

Graduation Pathway Requirement by Content Area AP Courses and Exams IB Courses and Exams


  • Calculus
  • Computer Science A
  • Computer Science Principles
  • Statistics

Any IB Mathematics Course and Exam

  • Mathematical Studies SL (prior to 2021)
  • Mathematics SL (prior to 2021)
  • Mathematics HL (prior to 2021)
  • Further Mathematics HL (prior to 2021)
  • Mathematics: analysis and approaches SL 
  • Mathematics: analysis and approaches HL
  • Mathematics: applications and interpretation SL 
  • Mathematics: applications and interpretation HL
English Language Arts
  • English Language and Composition,
  • English Literature and Composition,
  • Macroeconomics,
  • Microeconomics,
  • Psychology,
  • United States History,
  • United States Government and Politics,
  • World History,
  • Comparative Government and Politics
  • Language A: Literature,
  • Language A: Language and Literature,
  • Business Management,
  • Economics,
  • Geography,
  • Global Politics
  • History,
  • Information Technology In a Global Society,
  • Philosophy,
  • Psychology
  • Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • World Religions

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


AP & IB course information will be pulled directly from CEDARS student grade history (no upload necessary).