Marian provides students with standardized testing opportunities during their freshman, sophomore, and junior years. The ACT EXPLORE for ninth graders and the ACT PLAN for 10th graders help students prepare for the ACT in 11th grade. These tests are in English, mathematics, reading, and science and include an interest inventory. Each test’s material is more challenging. Their results and the interest inventory help students make educational and career plans. For more information, contact www.actstudent.org.
The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying TEST (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program co-sponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). This standard test provides practice for the SAT and gives students a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs as well as access to college and career planning tools. Critical reading, writing, and math problem solving skills are measured. For more information, contact http://www.collegeboard.com.
The Michigan Merit Exam (MME), given to juniors, is based on Michigan high school standards. Administered in March, it consists of three components: ACT Plus Writing college entrance examination, WorkKeys job skills assessments in reading, mathematics, and locating information, and Michigan-developed assessments in mathematics, science and social studies. For more information on MME testing, contact http://www.michigan.gov/mme.
Test Preparation Links
Kaplan Test Preparation: http://www.kaplan.com – This test preparation site gives information on college admissions and career planning as well as on taking college and graduate school tests.
The Princeton Review: http://www.princetonreview.com– A leader in standardized test preparation, this website has course options.
The ACT: http://www.actstudent.org – This site gives test-taking tips and articles to help both students and parents.
The College Board: http://www.collegeboard.com – This site gives sample questions for SAT and Advanced Placement tests. It also gives information about an online preparation course and other test-taking tips.