In order to support our students with the college application process, particularly our seniors, Bellevue School District will offer the SAT during the regular school day on Thursday, October 28. Seniors and juniors will have the opportunity to take the test on this day.

  • There will be no cost to students taking the SAT on October 28.
  • Qualifying SAT scores (Math- 430 and English- 410) will meet the Graduation Pathway requirement for graduation.
  • Seniors and juniors who do not wish to take the SAT will have an ‘opt out’ provision.
  • Further specifics related to the October 28th SAT school day testing will be shared with students and families mid-September.


  • Students with a documented disability may be eligible for testing accommodations when they take the SAT and other College Board tests. Some available accommodations are extended time, extra and extended breaks, and reading and seeing accommodations.
  • For students taking the SAT, accommodations must be approved by the College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities.
  • If the College Board has already approved a student to take the PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, or Advanced Placement Exams with accommodations, they do not need to make another request.
  • Most juniors and seniors with approved accommodations will have previously accessed these accommodations approved by the College Board during PSAT and/or AP exams. Students who have not yet had accommodations approved for a documented disability should contact their counselor in late August.


  • Scores for the October 28 SAT will be available by November 19, well in advance of regular admissions deadlines.
  • Students who are pursuing early action or early decision (November 1-15 deadlines) should check with the college or university, since many institutions will accept SAT scores after application deadlines if the test was taken prior to the deadline.

Why is BSD hosting the SAT during the school day?

The District is hosting the SAT during the school day to ensure equitable access to SAT testing for our juniors and seniors.  The closure of numerous SAT and ACT Saturday testing sites during the COVID-19 pandemic severely limited testing opportunities for students, particularly students in the Class of 2022. While Bellevue School District continued to offer the SAT on Saturdays during the pandemic, participation was open to students in and out of the district per College Board requirements; thus, not guaranteeing seats for in-district students.

While many colleges and universities suspended their SAT and ACT testing requirement for Fall of 2021 and 2022 admissions, some colleges and universities continue to require the SAT or ACT and/or allow students the opportunity to utilize these scores for these scores in the review process. Roughly two-thirds of undergraduate institutions will not require SAT or ACT scores during the Fall 2022 admissions.

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.