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Testing Info

PSAT 8/9 is a test that will help you and your teachers figure out what you need to work on most so that you're ready for college when you graduate from high school. It tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 10 - in a way that makes sense for your grade level. 

Who, Where, When
  • Ninth graders
  • At School
  • April 12-13, 2016
The PSAT 8/9 establishes a baseline measurement of you college and carer readiness as you enter high school. If also gives you a chance to preview the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 10 and connect to AP courses. 

Get Ready for the PSAT/NMSQT and SAT
When you get your test results, connect you College Board and Khan Academy accounts to get free personalized study recommendations.

Know It All
Check out what is and isn't on the test. Go to Inside the Test 

10th GRADE
In the words of the ACT website, PLAN helps 10th graders build a solid foundation for future academic and career success. It is a comprehensive guidance resource that helps students measure their current academic development, explore career/training options, and make plans for the remaining years of high school and post-graduation years.

As a pre-ACT test, PLAN is a powerful predictor of success on the ACT Assessment.

11th Grade
In the fall of the 11th grade, students have the opportunity to take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The PSAT/NMSQT measures critical reading math problem-solving and writing skills.The PSAT/NMSQT gives practice for the SAT.It also provides and opportunity to qualify for scholarships and recognition programs. While the PSAT may be taken in the 10th grade for practice, students must take the test in October of their Junior year to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship.

Michigan Merit Examination (MME) - The Michigan Merit Examination is the state assessment administered to all students enrolled in Grade 11 in March of each year. The MME consists of three major components: the ACT college entrance examination, the WorkKeys job skills assessments in reading and mathematics, and Michigan assessments in mathematics, science, social studies, and persuasive writing. The combined MME assessment measures student learning in the Michigan high school standards, benchmarks, and core content expectations.

In the spring of the Junior year, students begin to college admissions testing process. The two primary admissions tests are the ACT and the SAT. The ACT is a test of academic achievement which is the qualifying test for the Michigan Competitive Scholarship. The SAT is an aptitude test which predicts success in college and is required for potential National Merit finalists.Most colleges will accept either or both tests and generally will consider the test with the highest score.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is an alternative admissions test recommended for students whose native language is not English.

Test Preparation

Since these tests are important criteria in the college admission process, students are strongly encouraged to practice and prepare for these tests. ACT and SAT provide fee-based workshops and software programs are available for students who want additional preparation.

Contact your counselor for further information.

12th Grade
Students can retake the ACT and the SAT to improve their scores. Colleges will consider the highest scores of all tests taken.