What You Need to Know
Thousands of Washington state students get a jump start on college by earning college credit while they're still in high school. Dual credit programs include Running Start, CTE Dual Credit and International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement courses.
11th graders who score at a college-ready level on the Smarter Balanced Assessment (level 3 or 4) can bypass the traditional college placement tests, such as COMPASS and ACCUPLACER, and place automatically into entry-level college math and English courses. This applies to community and technical colleges and public four-year universities alike. At many high schools, students who score lower can take senior-year "Bridge to College Courses" to catch up in 12th grade.
Last Modified: 2/15/18 2:57 PM