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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 2019, 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. In April 2019, MDE will require PSAT 8/9 for 8th graders afor accountability in replace of the M-STEP English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics assessments. More information will be shared as details become available. Be sure to read MDE's weekly Spotlight newsletter for updates.

We'll 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 their careers.

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The PSAT 8/9 will be administered to 8th graders in place of the M-STEP English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics assessments in April 2019. Eighth graders will continue to take the M-STEP science and social studies as digital assessments. Here are some frequently asked questions regarding the 2019 PSAT 8/9 administration for 8th grade:

What grades will be administered the PSAT 8/9 in Michigan in April 2019?
8th and 9th graders.

Is the PSAT 8/9 going to be administered digitally or on paper/pencil?
The PSAT 8/9 is a paper/pencil assessment in April 2019.

Will the PSAT 8/9 be a different test for 8th graders and 9th graders in 2019?
No. The 8th and 9th graders will take the same test in April 2019.

How long is the PSAT 8/9?
Standard timing is 2 hours and 25 minutes of total testing time, not including breaks. We suggest planning for approximately 3 hours to account for administrative activities, such as passing out test books, breaks, etc.

For M-STEP, my students can take as long as they want to test. Is this the same for PSAT 8/9?
No. The PSAT 8/9 is a standardized, timed assessment and students must be administered 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 2019?
No. 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.

How is the administration of the PSAT 8/9 different than 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 a paper/pencil administration, there is no option for digital.
  • The standardized nature of the SAT Suite of Assessments requires an advance accommodation request for the universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations required by students that would have traditionally been used on the M-STEP. Schools must request accommodations through the College Board Online system, known as SSD Online.

How will I get up-to-date information about administering the PSAT 8/9?
Make sure to sign up for the Spotlight Newsletter provided by MDE every Thursday during the school year for important information from the College Board on all assessments provided by the Michigan Department of Education. To sign up, go to and click on Spotlight newsletter.

How do PSAT 8/9 scores connect to the PSAT 10, and the SAT?
All tests in the SAT Suite of Assessments (SAT, PSAT 10, PSAT 8/9) are aligned to the same research backbone and focus on the same domain of knowledge and skills. They are on a common score scale which means that the score students get on the PSAT 8/9 is the same score they would have gotten on the PSAT 10, or SAT if they'd taken it on the same day. The common score scale also provides consistent feedback, enabling teachers to 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 is aligned to a range of math and ELA content 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 8th grade standards to 8th graders which should lead to success on the PSAT 8/9 in 8th grade.

How will students get their scores? Will students get paper score reports?
Students over the age of 13 can sign up for an online student account where scores will be delivered electronically. Additionally, a paper score report will be mailed to schools in June. This can also be printed from the College Board score reporting portal. Scores for the April 2019 will likely be available to students in mid-to-late May 2019.

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.

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Initial Test Day

Makeup Test Opportunities

Accommodated Testing Window*

PSAT 8/9 for 8th Grade

April 9

April 10-16,
April 23-24

April 9-23

PSAT 8/9 for 9th Grade

April 9, 10, or 11

April 10-16,
April 23-24

April 9-23


April 9, 10, or 11

April 10-16,
April 23-24

April 9-23

SAT with Essay

April 9

April 23

April 9-23

  • Schools must administer the PSAT 8/9 for 8th grade and SAT with Essay on April 9, 2019 (*unless students are approved with accommodations that designate them to test in the accommodated testing window).
  • Schools must administer the PSAT 8/9 for 9th grade and PSAT 10 on April 9, April 10, or April 11, 2019 (*unless students are approved with accommodations that designate 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 8th grade, PSAT 8/9 for 9th grade, and PSAT 10 for a makeup between April 10-16 or April 23-24. All makeup testing must be complete by April 24.
  • Students that miss the primary test day for SAT with Essay must take the makeup on April 23.

What students can test in the accommodated testing window?

  • All students with approved accommodations taking the PSAT 8/9 for 8th grade, PSAT 8/9 for 9th 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 8th grade, PSAT 8/9 for 9th grade, and PSAT 10. Afternoon testing is NOT available for SAT with Essay. No request or approval is necessary.

Can I test 8th and 9th graders together in the same room?
Yes. But please note that this may change in future years, but is allowable for 2019.

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Michigan educators will have access to score reports in late June 2018. You can access scores through the K–12 score reporting portal. This site includes:

  • The Reports Center, where you can configure, run, and print online reports.
  • The Download Center, 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

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

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 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:

  • Have a College Board professional account.
  • Complete the SSD Coordinator Form (.pdf/215.09 KB). If you have multiple SSD coordinators, they'll each need to fill out a separate form.
  • Receive an access code to link their SSD Online account to their College Board professional account (first time only). It may take a day or two to receive the access code.

You may begin submitting 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.
  • 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.

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 8th and 9th graders in spring 2019.

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Webinar: PSAT 8/9 for 8th Grade

This webinar is to review key information about the upcoming spring 2019 PSAT 8/9 for 8th grade.

Test Coordinator and SSD Coordinator Resources

Additional test coordinator and SSD coordinator resources will be posted in fall 2018.

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PSAT 8/9 Informational Webinar for 8th Grade

This webinar is to review key information about the upcoming spring 2019 PSAT 8/9 for 8th grade.


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English Language Learner Resources

Approved glossary list and translated test directions will be posted in early 2019.

Michigan-Specific Testing Manuals

Michigan testing manuals will be posted in early 2019.

Additional Resources

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Michigan Student ID Form

Issue this form to students who need a photo ID for test-taking purposes. Chrome users: Download this form to your computer to ensure that it displays properly.


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Student-Level Growth Estimates for the SAT Suite of Assessments

This report describes the methodology used to estimate individual growth and to provide the results of the growth estimates for particular SAT Suite growth reporting groups. This is a pre-published version. The version that will eventually be published will include revisions for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and possibly other revisions of the methods and the writing.


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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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