Testing Zone

Michigan Department of Education (MDE) uses the SAT as part of the Michigan Merit Examination (MME). The state also offers the PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10 are free of charge each spring.


"The SAT is a standardized college entrance exam that every college in the US and over 600 institutions internationally. It assesses the knowledge and skills your child is learning in the classroom—the same skills that are key to success in college and career." ~ SAT Overview by CollegeBoard

The SAT is accepted at all Michigan universities and is already a familiar test to many in the state. The test keeps pace with what colleges are looking for today, focusing on the few durable things that evidence shows matter most for college and career readiness and success. And it reflects what Michigan students are already learning in their classrooms.

March 2022 Letter from Governor Whitmer & Superintendent Rice:

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March 2022 

Dear Parent/Guardian: 

This spring, your school district will administer state tests designed to provide important information on student knowledge and their progress toward being career- and college-ready upon graduation. These tests are required by federal and state laws. Schools and districts use these test results for school improvement initiatives that benefit all students. The data gathered from this year’s state assessments will help educators support students when they return to school in the fall and move forward with their education. 

Students in grades 3-10 will participate in the following assessments: 

M-STEP English language arts (ELA) and mathematics (grades 3-7)
PSAT 8/9 (grade 8)
M-STEP science and social studies (grades 5 and 8)
PSAT 8/9 (grade 9)
PSAT 10 (grade 10)

Grade 11 students will participate in the Michigan Merit Examination (MME), which has three required components: 

SAT with Essay college entrance exam that also measures student knowledge on Michigan’s ELA and mathematics standards
ACT WorkKeys work skills assessment
M-STEP science and social studies

We want your child’s state testing experience to be as stress-free as possible. Your positive outlook will support your child’s experience. State assessment results do not affect your student’s grades in any way. 
On average, a student will spend no more than three hours on M-STEP mathematics and ELA tests. Students in grades 5, 8, and 11 will spend an additional two hours on science and social studies testing. 
While we support parents in making choices for their children, there is no acceptable way under state or federal law to allow an “opt-out” of state assessments. Last year, requirements for 95 percent participation in state assessments were waived by the 
U.S. Department of Education due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, this is no longer the case for 2022. Students who are not assessed this year will count against their school’s required 95 percent participation rate, which will create an incomplete picture of their school’s performance.  

Annual assessments provide information on how Michigan students perform and how well our schools and districts are teaching students compared to those in other communities, states, and nations. Assessment results help target support and resources to students and schools that need them most. The test results may also inform future state education programs and policies to help Michigan students catch up on learning that was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
You can find information about Michigan’s state assessment system on our website, www.michigan.gov/oeaa. An excellent place to start is with the handout 

“Michigan’s State Assessment System: What It Is, What It Means, and What It Offers.” Additional information, including how to help your child prepare for M-STEP testing, is available at www.michigan.gov/mstep.


Michael F. Rice, Ph.D. State Superintendent 

www.michigan.gov/mde  •  833-633-5788



Attention 10th & 11th Graders! The  PSAT/NMSQT test is given annually in October. 10th and 11th graders may sign up in for this FREE test in the SSC and pick up your practice booklet next to the clipboard. 11th graders are encourage to take this free SAT practice test because their scores can make them eligible for free money for college through the National Merit $cholarship program. And 10th graders are welcome sign up for a free SAT practice test opportunity. Seats are limited! For questions about the PSAT/NMSQT please visit our testing page at www.ReachHigherOHS.org/testing.


"The PSAT/NMSQT is a standardized test that 11th graders (and some 10th graders) take in October. Like the SAT, it measures the knowledge and skills in reading, writing, and math students learn in the classroom—the same knowledge and skills your child needs to succeed in college and career." ~ PSAT/NMSQT Overview by CollegeBoard


  • SAT = Scholastic Assessment Testing

  • PSAT = Preliminary SAT 

  • NMSQT = National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test

Watch the video below to learn how to get immediate access your PSAT/NMSQT test scores.


Please be in attendance on the day of their assessment and well rested, well nourished and prepared to give their best effort. Smart watches, cell phones, laptops, Chromebooks, and other electronic devices are not allowed in the assessment rooms. All assessment related questions should be addressed to the assessment coordinator, Carrie Warning, warning@owosso.k12.mi.us



12th GRADERS: Designated-seniors were notified of testing expectations.*

  • April 13* - SAT Portion of MME Assessment

  • April 14* - ACT/WorkKeys Portion of the MME Assessment

  • April 25-27 - M-Step Portion of the MME

  • April 26 - SAT Make Up

  • April 28 - ACT/WorkKeys Make Up

  • April 29 - M-Step Make Up

*Non-testing seniors must attend school online from home on April 13-14.

11th GRADE:

  • April 13 - SAT Portion of MME Assessment

  • April 14 - ACT/WorkKeys Portion of the MME Assessment

  • April 25-27 - M-Step Portion of the MME

  • April 26 - SAT Make Up

  • April 28 - ACT/WorkKeys Make Up

  • April 29 - M-Step Make Up

10th GRADE: TBA April 2022

  • April 13 - Online School Day from Home

  • April 14 - PSAT 10 CCR Assessment**

  • April 27 - PSAT 10 Make Up

9th GRADE: TBA April 2022

  • April 13 - PSAT 9 CCR Assessment**

  • April 14 - Online School Day from Home

  • April 27 - PSAT 9 Make Up

**CCR = Career & College Readiness Assessment: The results of the assessments will be used by OHS staff to assist in program planning while at Owosso High School and determine your students’ potential for Advanced Placement, Dual-Enrollment, and Early-College. Your student and their counselor will use the assessment results to help construct your student’s future course selections and post high school plans for training and education beyond high school, leading to the opportunity for employment.



  • May 2 - AP Government

  • May 3 - AP Psychology

  • May 4 - AP Computer Science

  • May 4 - AP English Literature/Composition 

  • May 5 - AP Macro Economics

  • May 6 - AP Micro Economics

  • May 9 - AP Calculus (AB & BC)

  • May 10 - AP English Language/Composition

  • May 11 - AP Biology

  • May 12 - AP Physics

  • May 12 - AP World History



SAT FREE Test Prep & Readiness

"20 hours of practice on Khan Academy is associated with an average 115-point score increase from the PSAT/NMSQT to the SAT, nearly double the average gain without Khan

In 2017, Khan Academy and the College Board, the maker of the SAT, analyzed gains between the PSAT/NMSQT and the SAT and found a positive relationship between use of Official SAT Practice and score improvements on the SAT. Score gains are consistent across gender, family income, race, ethnicity and parental education level." ~ Raising confidence and scores reported by Khan Academy, 5/8/2017

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