SAT and ACT Test

The SAT and ACT are entrance exams used by some colleges 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. However, as of Spring 2022, most Washington colleges no longer require high school seniors to take standardized tests, like the SAT or ACT, for admission. 

Achieving a certain score on the SAT or ACT is also one of the ways students can meet the High School Graduation Pathway requirement in Washington State (more info found here).

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:

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.

In Washington:

  • Tests Not Considered: Eastern Washington University, Washington State University
    • These institutions do not consider test scores, nor are test scores considered at any point in the admissions review process, even if a student chooses to submit a test score. No additional, alternative measure of college readiness is required in place of a test score.
  • Test Not Required: University of Washington 
    • These institutions do not consider test scores in the admissions review process, even if a student chooses to submit a test score (see 'test not considered' above). However, test scores may be considered for placement, entry into Honors program, and/or scholarship awards.
  • Test Optional: Central Washington University, Evergreen State College, Western Washington University
    • Students may choose to submit test scores to strengthen an application. Not submitting test scores will not disadvantage a student. In place of a test score, students who apply may be required to submit additional and alternative measures of college readiness such as successful completion of dual credit coursework, exams, or scores on high school college readiness assessments.

If you do decide to take the SAT or ACT, Monroe's CEEB Code is 480725. You will need this number when registering for either test.

PSAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test

The PSAT is the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT). 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 provide 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. 

For more information about the PSAT, you can visit the College Board website at: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10.

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

AP courses enable students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. Through 15+ college-level courses, each culminating in a rigorous exam, AP courses provide willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit and/or advanced placement. Taking AP courses also demonstrates to college admission officers that students have sought out the most rigorous curriculum available to them.

Monroe High School offers 15 AP courses (see course catalog). The only requirements to take AP courses are a strong curiosity about the subject you plan to study and the willingness to work hard. Taking the AP Exams is optional, but they represent the culmination of AP courses and are an integral part of the program.

Benefits of Taking AP Courses and Exams

By taking an AP course and exam, students can develop valuable skills that will help them to be successful throughout high school and prepare them for a smooth transition to college.

  • “AP” on your high school transcript shows colleges you're motivated to succeed, and taking the exam demonstrates your commitment to tackle and complete college-level work.
  • Research shows that students who take AP are better prepared for—and more likely to—attend college and graduate on time (than academically similar students who don’t take AP).
  • Taking the AP Exam and getting a qualifying score helps students save time and money by earning college credit or advanced placement, which allows them to skip introductory college courses. In fact, 2 out of 3 AP students earn some college credit in high school.


The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is the most widely used multiple-aptitude battery test in the world. As an aptitude test, the ASVAB measures your strengths, weaknesses, and potential for future success. The ASVAB also provides you with career information for various civilian and military occupations and is an indicator for success in future endeavors whether you choose to go to college, vocational school, or a military career. 

More info: https://www.asvabprogram.com/

The ASVAB test is offered at MHS. Visit the MHS Career Center for more information.

World Language Exam

Students fluent in a language other than English can take the World Language Competency Exam and earn up to four high school credits. Students who earn four credits are eligible to receive the Seal of Biliteracy upon graduation. Students are tested in four sections: reading, writing, listening and speaking. 

Credits earned can be applied as either World Language or elective credits. 

This school year, the exam will be offered on the following dates:

  • November 4, 2023 - 8:00 a.m.
  • February 28, 2024- 8:00 a.m.
  • May 22, 2024 - 8:00 a.m. 

Students can register for the exam by filling out the sign up form. (Please note that students must use their school email to be able to access the form.) Students who sign up for the exam will receive test day information a week before the exam date.The exam is not timed but students typically spend about 3 hours completing it. 

The test cost is $25. Payment can be made in person with cash or check at the cashier's office or online.