Smarter Balanced Math and English Placement Tests
If you are a student entering Edmonds College directly from high school and have taken the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA), this test can be used for automatic placement into English and math classes at Edmonds. If you'd like to have your Smarter Balanced Assessment scores considered for placement, please read below to understand the criteria and process for doing so.
Please note that we will not accept SBA scores for placement purposes if you have been out of high school for more than one year.
Placement into Math& 107 (Math in Society), Math& 146 (Statistics), or their equivalents requires:
- Level 3 or 4 score on high school Smarter Balanced assessment plus
- B or better in Algebra 2, and
- successful completion (passing grade) of one math course in the junior or senior year
- B or better grade in designated Bridge to College Math class as a senior
Placement into other entry-level math courses (including pre-calculus) requires:
- Smarter Balanced Level 3 or 4 plus
- B or better in a high school pre-calculus or higher course
Placement into any entry college-level English course (including but not limited to English Composition or its equivalent) requires:
- Level 3 or 4 score on high school Smarter Balanced assessment
- B or better grade in designated Bridge to College Englishclass as a senior
- Dual-credit students (Running Start, College in the High School) can use their discipline-appropriate Smarter Balance scores to enroll in Math& 107 (Math in Society), Math& 146 (Statistics), or their equivalents (requires score plus B or better in Algebra 2) or an entry college-level English course (including but not limited to English Composition or its equivalent).
- For all score levels in math, placement into more advanced courses than designated in the agreement will depend on additional local institutional placement processes (transcript, high school GPA, additional testing, etc.).
- The agreements apply only to placement considerations for high school students with Smarter Balanced high school assessment scores admitted to and enrolling in the academic year (for math, fall quarter only) immediately following high school graduation or students enrolling in dual-credit courses in the academic year after taking the assessment. Local colleges may extend the time period for honoring the scores for placement.
- The Bridge to College courses are not yet available statewide; the courses can be identified on transcripts by a common course code (WA0001 for English, WA0003 for math).