College Preparation & Admission Tests

Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)

The PSAT/NMSQT is a standardized test that allows grade 10 students to prepare for the SAT. Students may use their test scores to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program. The PSAT/NMSQT measures skills in critical reading, math problem-solving, and writing. Click here for more information on the PSAT/NMSQT..


The SAT is a widely used college admissions exam that assesses knowledge and reasoning in reading, writing, and math. Students usually take the SAT in grade 10 or 11. Almost all colleges and universities accept SAT scores for admission and placement decisions. Click on this link to read frequently asked questions about the SAT.


The ACT is another standardized college admissions exam, consisting of subject area tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science, with an optional writing test. Although students usually take the ACT in grade 11, it may be taken by students in grades 9, 10, or 12. Most colleges and universities accept ACT scores. Follow this link for more information on the ACT.

Advanced Placement (AP)

The College Board sponsors college-level Advanced Placement (AP) courses in many subjects for high school students. Completing an AP course and attaining a score of 3 or higher on an AP exam may translate to college-level credits at most colleges and universities. Click the link for more information for students and parents on Advanced Placement (AP).

International Baccalaureate (IB) at Skyline High School

Skyline offers the IB Diploma Program for all eligible Issaquah School District students in grades 11 and 12. This program offers a college-preparatory curriculum and qualifying exams in the subject areas that are taught. Most colleges and universities give credit for passing an IB assessment in a subject area, similar to credit for successful AP exam completion. Click here to view additional information about the International Baccalaureate program.