Take the test.
Plan the rest.



Why should students in California take the Smarter Balanced test?

  • Connector.

    There's only one you.

    Smarter Balanced measures your progress on skills like problem solving and critical thinking—skills that you’ll need to use in the careers of today and tomorrow.

  • Connector.

    It's your future.

    Whether you plan to go to college or participate in an apprenticeship program, Smarter Balanced helps you know if you are on track, need extra help in high school or are ready to take on more challenging coursework before you graduate.

  • Connector.

    Get it started right.

    You can use your Smarter Balanced high school scores at 256 colleges and universities in 10 states to determine whether you are ready for credit-bearing courses. This helps you avoid the cost and time of taking remedial, or high school level, courses in college.

Información en español

Smarter Balanced tests—along with report cards, teacher feedback, and classroom work—help create a picture of your progress in school. Talking to your family, counselors, and teachers about your scores and goals after high school can help you plan a future filled with options.

How can I use my test scores?

Colleges and universities in these states use Smarter Balanced scores to determine if you’re ready to take courses for college credit—and skip the the remedial courses.

Click on a state to learn more!

Higher Education Policies:

101 schools in California accept Smarter Balanced scores: