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Michigan's implementation of the PSAT 8/9 for 8th and 9th graders, PSAT 10 for 10th graders, and SAT with Essay

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The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) uses the SAT with Essay as one part of the Michigan Merit Examination. In April 2020, the state will offer the PSAT 8/9 to eighth and ninth graders, the PSAT 10 to sophomores, and the SAT to juniors during regular school hours for free.

In April 2020, MDE will require the PSAT 8/9 for eighth graders for accountability, replacing the M-STEP English language arts (ELA) and mathematics assessments. We’ll share details as they become available. Read MDE's weekly Spotlight newsletter for regular updates.

We'll continue to work with Michigan state officials to support schools, districts, educators, and students. Together, we'll make it easier for students to get ready for college and their careers.

Implementation Workshops

Our free implementation workshops give educators details about the Michigan SAT with Essay, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9. These workshops help you train building administrators and test coordinators for test day. Topics include:

  • Changes that will affect spring 2020 administrations
  • Preparing for and administering the tests
  • Implementation deadlines
  • Professional development opportunities

The 3-hour workshops are available across Michigan, with more locations and dates coming soon. In collaboration with the Michigan College Access Network, SCECHs (State Continuing Education Clock Hours) will be available. Register now.

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Eighth graders will take the PSAT 8/9 instead of the M-STEP English language arts (ELA) and mathematics assessments in April 2020. They'll continue to take the M-STEP science and social studies tests as digital assessments. Here are some frequently asked questions about the PSAT 8/9 for eighth graders:

Which grades will take the Michigan PSAT 8/9 in April 2020?
Eighth and ninth graders.

Is the PSAT 8/9 going to be administered digitally or on paper?
The PSAT 8/9 will be a paper assessment.

Will the PSAT 8/9 be a different test for eighth graders than for ninth graders?
In 2020, the eighth grade test will be different than the ninth grade test. Eighth and ninth grade students can't test together as they could in spring 2019.

How long is the PSAT 8/9?
The test is 2 hours and 25 minutes, not including breaks. Set aside about 3 hours to account for administrative tasks and breaks.

For M-STEP, my students could take as long as they wanted to test. Is this the same for PSAT 8/9?
No. The PSAT 8/9 is a standardized, timed assessment and students must be given the test according to the timing and scripts in the testing manuals.

Do I need to order PSAT 8/9 materials in the test ordering system for spring 2020?
No. Michigan students will be pre-ID'd in the secure site. Test materials and pre-ID labels will be sent based on the number of students pre-ID'd in the secure site by the deadline. Deadline information will be available soon.

How is the administration of the PSAT 8/9 different from M-STEP?

  • College Board assessments are timed and do not allow self-pacing. Students must use the entire time allotted for each test. If approved for extended time, students must use the entire time for which they are approved.
  • Students will take the test on paper. There's no digital option.

Schools must request accommodations in advance for the PSAT 8/9. Requests are made through the College Board’s SSD Online system.

How will I get up-to-date information about the PSAT 8/9?
MDE's Spotlight newsletter will have the latest information about Michigan's PSAT 8/9. The newsletter comes out on Thursdays during the school year. To sign up, go to MDE's site and click the Spotlight link.

How do PSAT 8/9 scores connect to the PSAT 10 and the SAT?
All tests in the SAT Suite of Assessments measure the same knowledge and skills. The tests share a common score scale, meaning a student’s PSAT 8/9 score would reflect the same skills on the PSAT 10 or SAT if taken the same day.

The common score scale also provides consistent feedback, letting teachers adjust instruction to better support students who are ahead or behind.

How is the PSAT 8/9 aligned to Michigan state standards?
The PSAT 8/9 aligns to a range of math and ELA standards, selected by the College Board, including standards from grades above and below grade 8 in Michigan. The PSAT 8/9 differs from other 3-8 summative assessments for math and ELA, where the content alignment is solely based on the grade level assessed. MDE recommends educators continue to focus on teaching the eighth grade standards to eighth graders which should lead to success on the PSAT 8/9 in eighth grade.

How will students get their scores? Will students get paper score reports?
Students 13 and over can sign up for an online College Board account to get scores electronically. Additionally, paper score reports will be mailed to schools in the summer. Educators can also print score reports from the K–12 reporting portal.

Scores from the April 2020 administrations will likely be available to students by late May. However, educators won't get access to scores until late June, after the answer document verification processes are complete.

Are there resources to help my students prepare?
For general information about the PSAT 8/9, please visit You can also visit the PSAT 8/9 Resource Library for the latest student resources.

Please note that some dates and processes listed on the general PSAT 8/9 page may not align with the testing required in Michigan. Use this page for information on dates and processes specific to the Michigan-provided PSAT 8/9.

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  Initial Test Day Makeup Test Opportunities Accommodated Testing Window*

PSAT 8/9 for Eighth Grade

April 14

April 15-21,
April 28-29

April 14-28

PSAT 8/9 for Ninth Grade

April 14, 15, or 16

April 15-21,
April 28-29

April 14-28


April 14, 15, or 16

April 15-21,
April 28-29

April 14-28

SAT with Essay

April 14

April 28

April 14-28

  • Schools must administer the PSAT 8/9 for eighth grade and SAT with Essay on April 14 (*unless students are approved with accommodations, allowing them to test in the accommodated testing window).
  • Schools must administer the PSAT 8/9 for ninth grade and PSAT 10 on April 14, 15, or 16 (*unless students are approved with accommodations, allowing them to test in the accommodated testing window).
    • Schools can choose which date works best for them.
    • The same grade must test on the same day at the same time.
    • Schools can administer multiple grades in one day.
    • All students except those who are absent are expected to test on the initial test day.
  • Schools can flexibly schedule students who miss the initial test day for PSAT 8/9 for eighth grade, PSAT 8/9 for ninth grade, and PSAT 10 for a makeup between April 15-21 or April 28-29. All makeup testing must be complete by April 29.
  • Students that miss the primary test day for SAT with Essay must take the makeup on April 28.

Which students can test in the accommodated testing window?

  • All students with approved accommodations taking the PSAT 8/9 for eighth grade, PSAT 8/9 for ninth grade and the PSAT 10, can flexibly be scheduled anytime in the accommodated testing window.
  • Students with approved accommodations taking the SAT with Essay, as designated on the Nonstandard Administration Report (NAR) in SSD Online, can flexibly be scheduled anytime in the accommodated testing window.

Can I test students in the afternoon?
Afternoon testing is allowed for PSAT 8/9 for eighth grade, PSAT 8/9 for ninth grade, and PSAT 10. No request or approval is necessary. Afternoon testing is NOT available for SAT with Essay. No request or approval is necessary.

Can I test eighth and ninth graders together in the same room?
No, not in spring 2020.

Establish Your School for 2020 Testing in Michigan

Establishing your school for testing lets the College Board know you’re going to administer the PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, or SAT with Essay. The establishment process is based on MDE rules.

  • Public schools are established differently from nonpublic schools. Information about establishment rules will be released this fall.
  • The OEAA secure site's Test Center Participation page shows which assessments your school is established to administer. The page is updated as you complete establishment tasks. Once you complete the entire process, this information may take a few days to refresh in the secure site.
  • Note: Schools must be established separately for each assessment. For example, a typical high school should confirm they're set up to participate in the SAT with Essay, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9 for ninth grade. Schools with eighth graders must confirm they're established to administer the PSAT 8/9 for eighth grade.

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Michigan educators will have access to score reports in late June 2020. You can access scores through the K–12 score reporting portal. This site includes:

  • The Reports page, where you can configure, run, and print online reports.
  • The Download page, where you can securely download score data files to import into your student information system.

Score Report Help for Michigan Educators

This short tutorial will help you learn how to access and use online score reports and data files in the score reporting portal.

Watch the tutorial.

Getting Access to the Score Reporting Portal

You need two things to access student scores in the score reporting portal:

  1. A College Board professional account. If you don't have an account, create one.
  2. Permission from your institution’s access manager. To find out the name of your school's access manager:
    1. Log in to your College Board professional account.
    2. Look under Tools and Services and click K–12 Assessment Reporting.
    3. If you don’t see K–12 Assessment Reporting, you don’t have access.
    4. Scroll down to Add Additional Tools and Services > K–12 > K–12 Assessment Reporting > Request Access.
    5. You should see the name and contact info of your access manager. Note that choosing Request Access from the portal dashboard doesn't notify your access manager. You still need to contact your access manager directly to receive access.

Once you have access, sign in to the score reporting portal to see student scores.

For detailed help using the score reporting portal, go to K–12 Assessment Reporting Help. Topics include running and understanding reports, printing reports and labels, and managing user access.

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The information, resources, and tools here can help you understand score reports and communicate that information to your students.

How Students Get Scores

Students with a College Board account can access online student score reports.

Take a tour of an online student score report with this interactive demo.

Comparing SAT and ACT Scores

Download concordance tables to compare SAT and ACT scores (.pdf/294 KB)
Download the tables in an Excel spreadsheet (.xlsx/40 KB)

Use these additional tables to compare old SAT and new SAT scores:

Interpret Scores

Get the inside story on SAT scores and find out what the numbers mean.

Visit Interpreting SAT Scores

Educator Score Resource Library

Get videos and downloads to share with students and families, as well as lesson plans, professional development resources, and data layouts.

Go to Score Resources

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Making sure that students with disabilities can test with accommodations is important to us. Students who need to take the Michigan-provided SAT with Essay, PSAT 10, or PSAT 8/9 (for eighth and ninth grades) using nonstandard materials or other accommodations must be approved to do so by Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD).

All reasonable requests are considered.

Setting Up an Account

The SSD coordinator is responsible for applying for accommodations on behalf of students.

SSD coordinators need to access SSD Online to request accommodations for students. To access the system, they must:

You can submit requests for accommodations once you receive your attending institution (AI) code and SSD Online access code and your school has established an SSD coordinator.

Accommodations Requests

We're using a streamlined process for requesting testing accommodations for students. We believe that school staff know their students best, and we wanted to cut down on the time and paperwork needed to submit an accommodations request.

The vast majority of students approved for testing accommodations at their school through a current Individualized Education Program or 504 plan have those same accommodations automatically approved for SAT School Day and the PSAT-related assessments.

All accommodations requests should be submitted through SSD Online. There are two types of requests:

  • College Board accommodations: Students with College Board‒approved accommodations will receive scores that can be used for college admissions. Once approved for accommodations, a student remains approved for all College Board tests, with limited exceptions. You can begin requesting College Board accommodations once you have an AI code.
  • State-allowed accommodations: These are state-specific accommodations defined by the MDE. Students, schools, and the state will receive scores; however, these scores aren't valid for college admission. The accommodations apply to state testing only and must be requested for each state administration. State-allowed accommodations are recommended for eighth grade as they align to the student’s current IEP or 504 plan. You can begin requesting state-allowed accommodations in January 2020.

Students who use accommodations for other state testing must still go through the SSD approval process for the Michigan-provided SAT with Essay, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9 for eighth and ninth graders in spring 2020.

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All resources are available on the MDE's website.

Spotlight Newsletter

This Michigan Department of Education website contains an archive of its weekly "Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability" newsletter.

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Call our Michigan Educator Hotline at 866-870-3127 (choose option 1) or email us.

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