2004 - 2005 College Admissions Testing
The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT or "College Boards") and the American College Test (ACT) are two tests used by colleges to assess a student's aptitude or achievement level. Most four-year colleges require either one or the other for admissions and/or placement. Applicants should check the college's catalog for which test may be required. No Michigan colleges currently require the SAT.
It is recommended that ACT or SAT tests should be completed by the end of the students Junior year. ACT needs to be taken in the Fall to be considered for the Michigan Competitive Scholarship.
Students must register themselves either by mail, with forms available in the Counseling Office, or through the Internet at http://collegeboard.com for SAT or http://www.act.org. The cost is approximately $23.50 (SAT) or $22.00 (ACT). Sample test questions and test content information are available with registration materials. The GHS code number is 231-620. The schedule is as follows:
The American College Test is the assessment used to qualify for the Michigan Competitive Scholarship program. Most Michigan colleges and many out-of-state schools use this assessment for admission decisions. It assesses for academic areas: English, mathematics, reading, science reasoning. It enters participants into a college search program.
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery tests academic ability in verbal and math areas and aptitude in career areas. Scores are used to place enrollees in proper military programs and screen for G.I. Bill Benefits. Counselors use the scores for career counseling.
The test can be arranged on an individual basis through a recruiter. The test is free and available to any student. Testing arrangements are made through the counseling office.
The Michigan High School MEAP Test has been developed to measure what all students should know and be able to do in each of the subject areas tested. The subject areas of the High School MEAP Test are mathematics, science, reading, writing, and social studies. Each test is based upon the Model Core Curriculum approved by the State Board of Education in 1991. The tests have been designed to emphasize real world applications and problem solving.
By Michigan law, every student has the opportunity to earn a state endorsement in the separate areas of mathematics, science, reading, writing, and social studies. Students can still graduate without endorsements.
Some of the questions on each of the tests ask students to provide their own answer, others ask students to select the correct answer from among those given. When students provide a written response, each answer is scored independently by two qualified scorers.
Students are scheduled to take the MEAP test during their junior year. (Students may take these tests as early as their sophomore year if they wish to dual enroll as an 11th grader.) Students who do not earn an endorsement in all areas may retake that portion of the test. Currently students who earn a (1) or (2) in mathematics, science, reading, and writing receive a $2,500 tuition grant for any public or private college or university in the State of Michigan.
The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a practice test for the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test). It helps students learn about their abilities in English and mathematics. It compares students performance with college-bound students nationally. Based on the results of this test, students can qualify for National Merit Scholarships. Students can also elect to participate in a Student Search Program.
The test is given in October of the 11th grade. Students can register in the counseling office. A testing fee is charged.
Check the schedule on the Internet at Collegeboard or the schedule posted in guidance.
The Scholastic Aptitude Test is used as an admissions test by many selective and eastern colleges. Semi-finalists in the National Merit Scholarship program must take the test. It is also used by the ROTC and select scholarship program. It assesses verbal and math reasoning skills.
The test is given seven times during each school year. Registration materials are available in the counseling office. The completed registration forms are mailed directly to the testing company with a check for the testing fee made payable to the testing company.
The Scholastic Aptitude Test II are one-hour subject specific tests. Many highly selective colleges use these tests and admissions and placement of students in courses.
The test is given six times during each school year. Registration materials are available in the counseling office. The completed registration forms are mailed directly to the testing company with a check for the testing fee made payable to the testing company.