Student Testing Information



The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test is a short form of the SAT test.  The test will be administered to all 9th/10th grade students in the fall of 2015 as a precursor to college readiness.  This test is used by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation to determine National Merit Semifinalists.  It consists of three testing categories:  Verbal, Math, and Writing.  Students use this as a practice test before they start taking college entrance tests for real in the spring of their junior year.  Results normally come back around the Thanksgiving holiday.



On March 5, 2014, the College Board announced that a redesigned version of the SAT would be administered for the first time in 2016. The exam will revert to the 1600-point scale, and students will have 3 hours to take the exam plus 50 additional minutes to complete the essay.

The SAT is a standardized test for college admissions in the United States. The SAT is administered by the private Educational Testing Service (ETS) in the United States and is developed, published, and scored by the College Board.

SAT consists of three major sections: Mathematics, Critical Reading, and Writing. Each section is scored on a scale of 200 to 800, with scores always being a multiple of 10. Total scores are calculated by adding up scores of the three sections. Each major section is divided into three parts. There are a total of ten sub-sections, including an experimental section that may be in any of the three major sections. The experimental section is used to normalize questions for future administrations of the SAT and does not count toward the final score. The test contains 3 hours and 45 minutes of actual timed sections [3], although most administrations, including orientation, distribution of materials, and completion of the biographical sections, run about 5 hours (20 to 30 min per each section) long.

Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress or M-STEP

The M-STEP will include our summative assessments designed to measure student growth effectively for today’s students. It also includes the Michigan Merit Examination in 11th grade, which consists of a college entrance (the SAT), work skills assessment, and M-STEP summative assessments in Eng-lish language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

General Testing


The ACT Plus Writing includes the four subject area tests plus a 30-minute writing test.  ACT results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the US.  The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete, including a short break (or just over four hours if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing).  Actual testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes (plus 30 minutes if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing).  The ACT is administered on six test dates within the US, US territories, Puerto Rico, and Canada.  The basic registration fee includes score reports for up to four college choices, if you list valid codes when you register.


Scholastic Aptitude Test—This test is similar to the ACT and is used as a college entrance test. Most colleges accept either. The test is given on Saturdays six times a year at other college and high school locations.


Students may take the ACT test or SAT test during their Senior year. All colleges and universities require either the ACT or SAT test as a prerequisite to gain admission. Below are test dates for both. The SAT will be given at Mona Shores High School in April. The ACT and SAT are given at several area sites.

Registration and test dates for the rest of this school year are as follows:

ACT Test Dates

High School Code Number 232-704

Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Registration (Fee)


 September 10, 2016  August 7, 2016  August 8-19, 2016  See
 October 22, 2016  September 16, 2016  Sep 17-30, 2016  Mona Shores High School
 December 10, 2016  November 4, 2016  November 5-18, 2016  Mona Shores High School
 February 11, 2017  January 13, 2017  January 14-20, 2017  See
 April 8, 2017  March 3, 2017  March 4-17, 2017  See
 June 10, 2017  May 5, 2017  May 6-19, 2017  See

External LinkRegister Online: ALL test registrations must be done online at, regardless of location.

SAT Test Dates

High School Code is 232704

Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Reg. Deadline
(online or phone)


October 1, 2016  Sep. 10, 2016 Sep. 20, 2016  See SAT Test Center Search
November 5, 2016  Oct. 9, 2016 Oct. 25, 2016  See SAT Test Center Search
December 3, 2016  Nov. 5, 2015 Nov. 22, 2016  Mona Shores High School -Limited seating
January 21, 2016  Dec. 21, 2016 Jan. 10, 2017  See SAT Test Center Search
March 11, 2016  Feb. 10, 2017 Feb. 28, 2017  See SAT Test Center Search
May 6, 2016  April 7, 2017 Apr. 25, 2017  See SAT Test Center Search
June 3, 2016  May 9, 2017 May 24, 2017  See SAT Test Center Search

External LinkSAT Test Center Search
*Please note the SAT is available for all grades but is not offered at Mona Shores High School.  Many locations in the Grand Rapids Area administer this test.

External LinkSAT Register online

AP Tests

The AP Tests are given in May of each year for students enrolled in advanced placement classes: AP Biology, AP Calculus AB/BC, AP Chemistry, AP English Language, AP English Literature/Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP Government, AP Micro-Economics, AP Music Theory, AP Physics, AP Psychology, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP World History, AP Studio Art and AP Geography.
See your counselor for additional information.