Michigan and the SAT

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Michigan's transition to the PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, and SAT

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Michigan and the SAT


The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has transitioned to using the SAT as part of the Michigan Merit Examination (MME). In April 2017, the state will offer the PSAT 8/9 to freshmen, the PSAT 10 to sophomores, and the SAT to juniors during regular school hours free of charge.

The College Board will continue to work with Michigan state officials to support schools, districts, educators, and students during this transition. Together, we’ll make it easier for students to navigate a path through high school and get ready for college and career.


2017 Michigan Test Dates

Testing dates for Michigan's SAT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9 administrations in 2017
Administration SAT PSAT 10 PSAT 8/9
Standard Test April 11 April 11 or 12* April 11 or 12*
Makeup Test April 25 April 25 or 26* April 25 or 26*
Testing window for students with accommodations on the nonstandard administration roster (NAR) April 11-25 April 11-25 April 11-25

* Schools can administer the test to 9th graders on one date, 10th graders on the other date, or test both grades on the same date. However, all students in the same grade taking the standard test must be tested on the same date.

Contact Us

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

Timeline for Coordinators

Important coordinator deadlines for the Michigan SAT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9 administrations in spring 2017
Timeline Activity
November 15 Deadline for confirmation of testing intent for nonpublic schools
December 15 Deadline to request off-site testing locations
Now to February 14 Request accommodations
January 9 to February 15 Pre-ID window in MDE Secure Site
Early February to March 29 Complete SAT test coordinator training
Mid-February Receive training materials and test manuals
March 20 to March 23 Receive secure test materials, SDQs, answer sheets, and labels

Prepare for Test Day

Educational Entity Master

The Educational Entity Master (EEM) is a repository that contains contact information regarding educational systems in the state of Michigan. It contains information for public schools, nonpublic schools, intermediate schools districts, and institutions of higher education.

It's very important to have accurate information in the EEM because the College Board uses its data to send emails with important test-related communications, such as where to ship testing materials.

Use the EEM-Search field to locate your school's record and verify that the following information is current.

  • SAT Test Coordinator (Building)
  • SAT Backup Test Coordinator (Building)
  • SAT SSD (Services for Students with Disabilities) Coordinator (Building)
  • PSAT 10 Test Coordinator (Building)
  • PSAT 8/9 Test Coordinator (Building)
  • PSAT Backup Test Coordinator
  • District Assessment Coordinator

If roles need to be updated, contact your district-authorized EEM administrator.

Nonpublic School Intent to Test

Using the contact information provided by the Michigan Department of Education, the College Board will send an email in October to all nonpublic schools requesting confirmation of their intent to participate in MME, PSAT 8/9, or PSAT 10.

The deadline for nonpublic schools to confirm their intent to test is November 15. To confirm, call (866) 870-3127 (option 1) or email us.

Be prepared to provide your state-assigned district and building codes, the name of your school, and which assessment(s) you wish to administer (PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, SAT). If you choose to administer the SAT, you must administer all parts of the MME.

Requesting an Off-Site Testing Location

Most schools participating in the state-provided test administrations in April 2017 will use their school as the test location. However, if you need more space—for example, if your school is a virtual school, or if you want to administer the PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, and SAT with Essay on the same day and don’t have enough room in your school—you can request an off-site testing location.

These additional locations must be approved by the College Board and the Office of Testing Integrity to make sure they meet testing, staffing, training, and security requirements.

Here’s how to request approval:

  1. Identify a facility (or facilities) that will meet your needs for off-site testing.
  2. Review the requirements and policies below.
  3. Download and save the College Board Offsite Testing Plan.xls spreadsheet.
  4. Fill in the required cells in the “Questions” tab of the spreadsheet. Use the “Instructions” tab for guidance.
  5. Fill out a separate copy for every off-site location your school needs by copying and pasting the “Questions” worksheet into a new tab.
  6. Email the spreadsheet to tas@ets.org no later than midnight ET on December 15.
  7. Test Administration Services (TAS) and the Office of Testing Integrity (OTI) will work with test supervisors requesting off-site testing locations to ensure the location meets the requirements. If necessary, they will contact test center supervisors to make recommendations to improve security and will partner with the College Board to address any outstanding concerns. Please respond to inquiries in a timely manner to ensure approval of your off-site testing plan in time for test day.
  8. Once approved, an email will be sent to the submitter and the proposed off-site test supervisor communicating the approval and providing the site-specific SAT test center number.

Why the SAT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9?

The SAT is accepted at all Michigan universities and is already a familiar test to many in the state. The recently redesigned test is more focused and more useful than ever before. The new SAT measures the skills and knowledge that colleges are looking for today. And it reflects what Michigan students are already learning in their classrooms.

Learn more about the SAT Suite of Assessments

SAT Benefits

  • SAT scores directly relate to Michigan’s content standards and to knowledge and skills needed for college and career success.
  • Students can send SAT scores to four colleges for free, ensuring that colleges have the most complete set of information for decisions on admission as well as on scholarship awards, course placement, or admission to a specific program or major.
  • The SAT provides unparalleled opportunities to all students for connections to college, financial support, and scholarships.

Learn more about the SAT’s benefits for students

The PSAT 10 and PSAT 8/9

Taking the PSAT 10 and PSAT 8/9 is excellent practice for the SAT because these tests have the same format and evaluate the same skills. The skills and knowledge measured by these assessments—administered in grades 8 through 11—are the same as those measured by the SAT. This makes it easy to track progress and identify areas in need of improvement over the years that students take these tests.


More than 1.6 million students take the SAT annually, and it is accepted or required at nearly all four-year colleges and universities in the United States. The SAT is among the most rigorously researched and designed tests in the world. It provides valuable information about college readiness; when used in combination with high school GPA, SAT scores are shown to be the best predictor of a student’s likelihood to succeed in college.

The SAT Suite of Assessments

The SAT Suite of Assessments is an integrated system that includes these tests:

  • SAT
  • PSAT 10
  • PSAT 8/9

These three tests measure the same skills and knowledge in ways that make sense for different grade levels, so it’s easier for students, parents, and educators to monitor student progress. The SAT has recently been redesigned for greater focus, relevance, and transparency. The new SAT more strongly reflects what students are already learning in their classrooms.

Learn more about the SAT Suite of Assessments

The SAT and Higher Education

The redesigned SAT reflects and supports the goals of higher education. Along with free personalized practice, college application fee waivers, and more scholarship opportunities, our focused assessments help remove barriers to college.

Visit Higher Education for information about concordance tools, implementation, impact on enrollment, and more

Partnering with Community Colleges

At the College Board, we realize how pivotal community colleges are to propelling students into college and career success. Our research shows that currently, one in five SAT takers will enroll in a community college within six months of high school graduation.

We expect the redesigned SAT will continue to be a powerful connection between Michigan students and their academic futures. In fact, many community colleges already use SAT scores to indicate college readiness, and the redesigned SAT provides more robust information on incoming students’ academic profiles.

The College Board is committed to working with community colleges to help them understand and make the best use of students’ scores to inform the intake and placement processes.

Student Scores

Most scores for students who took the PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, or SAT on a school day this April in Michigan are already available online.


Get Your Scores Now

Online Student Score Reports

Online student score reports give students an understanding beyond the numbers and provide a detailed breakdown of their performance. Score reports provide:

  • Performance summaries for each section
  • Insight into strengths and weaknesses with results grouped by content area, skill set, and level of difficulty
  • Percentiles to see how their results compare with those of other students
  • For students who take the SAT with Essay, a scanned copy of their response and the question

Log In to Get Scores

Students need a College Board account to view scores and access college- and career-planning tools in the student score reporting portal.

Create your student account, or if you already have one, just sign in.

Start Practicing for Next Year

The College Board offers many free ways to practice.

Learn more about practice options

Educator Scores

Scores are released to educators through the online score reporting portal which includes a "Report Center" where educators can configure, run, and print online reports, and a secure "Download Center" that contains the data files necessary to manage electronic score downloads.


Webinar: Online Score Report Help for Michigan Educators

This training is designed to help you learn how to access online score reports and data files in the online score reporting portal.


Watch the webinar

Score Reporting Portal Access

Educators need two things to access student scores on the 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. Every school, district, and state has an access manager, so ask your test coordinator or principal who to contact if you need to change your access role.

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

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

Understand Educator Score Reports

The information, resources, and tools here can help educators understand score reports and communicate that information to 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 New SAT, Old SAT, and ACT Scores

Free concordance tools are available to help you compare scores on the new SAT, the old SAT, and the ACT.

Interpret Scores

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

Visit Interpreting SAT Scores

Find out how PSAT 10 scores are calculated and what scores mean.

Visit Understanding PSAT 10 Scores

Put PSAT 8/9 scores in context for students.

Visit Sharing PSAT 8/9 Results

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

Educator Resources

Spotlight Newsletter

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

Webinar: Online Score Report Help for Michigan Educators

This training is designed to help you learn how to access online score reports and data files in the online educator score reporting portal.

K–12 Educator Score Resources

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