Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP)

This test was formerly the MEAP. The Michigan Merit Examination (MME) is the general assessment for students in grade 11. The MME includes: A free SAT with Essay which will serve as both a college entrance exam and the M-STEP English language arts and mathematics assessments; M-STEP science and M-STEP social studies components; and, the ACT WorkKeys

For more information, visit the M-STEP website


The PSAT is a preliminary test for the SAT college entrance exam. It is a good indicator as to how well a student will perform on the SAT or ACT. It is also an opportunity to practice a timed test without the pressure of passing or failing. If a student does score in the top 2% he/she may be recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Foundation. Find out more about the PSAT at College Board PSAT.  Students normally take this test in the fall of their junior year, or at other times throughout the year to prepare for the SAT during spring of junior year. 

SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)

In the spring of 2016, Michigan started administering the SAT to all juniors instead of the ACT. While the change to the redesigned SAT can be confusing, there are many resources available to help in understanding it. This newly redesigned SAT tests what students are learning in high school and gives them projections of their college readiness. There is FREE SAT preparation available through a partnership between CollegeBoard and Khan Academy. This online practice is designed to prepare students directly for what they will see on the SAT and is one of the best ways to prepare for the test. For more information on the SAT, visit the CollegeBoard website. To compare ACT scores to the redesigned SAT scores, visit this website. Remember, all colleges have always, and will continue to, accept both the SAT and the ACT. 

Students are encouraged to retake their SAT to improve their scores for college admissions and scholarship purposes. Visit the counseling office for details on how to register or visit the SAT registration website. Fee waivers are available for students enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program. 

ACT (American College Test)

While the state of Michigan no longer administers the ACT to all juniors, students can still continue to take this college admissions test. With the change to the SAT, we are encouraging students to take both tests to help themselves and colleges better understand their scores. There are national test dates available throughout the school year. For the most up-to-date information, visit the ACT website. For test dates, registration deadlines, and costs, click here. Fee waivers are available for students enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program. For registration instructions, see the attachment below. 

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