ACT & MME Testing

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Michigan Merit Examination

The Michigan Merit Examination is the state assessment administered to all Michigan public school students enrolled in Grade 11 in March of each year. The MME consists of three major components: the ACT Plus Writing college entrance examination, the WorkKeys job skills assessments in reading for information, applied mathematics, and locating information, and Michigan assessments in mathematics, science, and social studies. The combined MME assessment measures student learning in the Michigan high school standards, benchmarks, and core content expectations.

The ACT portion of the MME provides results that can be used for college entrance.

The table below outlines the organization of the MME. All parts of each assessment are timed and will be administered at the same time of day to all juniors at each school.

Retesting is no longer an option on the MME. Students may take the complete MME once and only once.

Spring 2011 MME Dates

(for all juniors* - Class of 2012)
DayAssessmentContent AssessedTesting TimeEstimated Time Required**
Day 1
Tue. 3/1/11

make-up: 3/15
ACT Plus Writing Reading (40 multiple choice)
English (75 MC)
Writing (1 prompt)
Mathematics (60 MC)
Science (40 MC)
3 hours 25 minutes 5 hours
Day 2
Wed. 3/2/11

make-up: 3/16
WorkKeys Reading for Information (33 MC)
Applied Mathematics (33 MC)
Locating Information (38 MC)
2 hours, 15 minutes 3 hours, 30 minutes
Day 3
Thu. 3/3/11

make-up: 3/17
Michigan Mathematics (25 MC)
Science (49 MC)
Social Studies (42 MC)
1 hour, 40 minutes 2 hours, 30 minutes

* A senior may only take the MME if they are a first time test taker or did not receive a valid score on the MME as a junior (a valid score is a 1, 2, 3, or 4)

** Estimated time for administration, including check in, instruction, testing time, breaks and collection of materials.

ACT Component

The ACT is a national college admission examination consisting of subject area tests in English, Mathematics, Reading, Science and Writing. ACT results are accepted by virtually all U.S. colleges and universities. The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions, and a 30 minute essay which measures writing skills. Visit the official ACT web site for more information.

Is this a special version of the ACT?

No, this is the actual ACT test and will be administered in schools under testing conditions approved by ACT. The only difference is that it will be administered on a test date during the regular school week specially approved by ACT for Michigan students, apart from the six approved national test dates, which are on Saturdays. There will be one make-up opportunity two weeks later.

Will colleges accept these ACT results?

A student’s score will count for admission to post-secondary institutions in Michigan. However, there may be a few students (those wishing to apply to a service academy such as West Point) who will need to take the ACT on a nationally-scheduled Saturday. Colleges will review multiple test score results.

What is the cost?

There will be no charge to students or the school for administration of the ACT, the WorkKeys, or the other assessment tests that are part of the MME.

Students with Disabilities

Each student with a disability or English language learner will need to apply individually for testing accommodations. ACT will determine which students qualify for a college reportable score.

WorkKeys® Component

WorkKeys from ACT is a job skills assessment system measuring “real-world” skills that employers believe are critical to job success. It identifies gaps between student skills and employment needs. MME utilizes three of the nine WorkKeys Foundational Skills assessments:

1. Applied Mathematics

This assessment measures the skill people use when they apply mathematical reasoning, critical thinking, and problem-solving techniques to work-related problems. The test questions require the examinee to set up and solve the types of problems and do the types of calculations that actually occur in the workforce. This test is designed to be taken with a calculator. A formula sheet that includes all formulas required for the assessment is provided. While individuals may use calculators and conversion tables to help with the problems, they still need to use math skills to think them through.

2. Reading for Information

This assessment measures the skills people use when they read and use written text in order to do a job. The written texts include memos, letters, directions, signs, notices, bulletins, policies, and regulations. It is often the case that workplace communications are not necessarily well-written or targeted to the appropriate audience. Reading for Information materials do not include information that is presented graphically, such as in charts, forms, or blueprints.

3. Locating Information

This assessment measures the skill people use when they work with workplace graphics. Examinees are asked to find information in a graphic or insert information into a graphic. They also must compare, summarize, and analyze information found in related graphics.

National Career Readiness Certificate

Students who score at least a 3 on each of these three WorkKeys assessments will qualify for ACT’s National Career Readiness Certificate. Because this certificate validates that an individual has certain essential skills important across a range of jobs, employers, job seekers, economic developers, and educators can use the certificate as a common language to improve the quality of the workforce. The skill levels are meaningful to both educators and employers.

  • Bronze Level signifies an individual scored at least a 3 on each of the three assessments and has necessary foundational skills for 35% of the jobs listed in the WorkKeys Occupational Profile Database
  • Silver Level signifies an individual scored at least a 4 on each of the three assessments and has necessary foundational skills for 65% of the jobs listed in the WorkKeys Occupational Profile Database
  • Gold Level signifies an individual scored at least a 5 on each of the three assessments and has necessary foundational skills for 90% of the jobs listed in the WorkKeys Occupational Profile Database
  • Platinum Level signifies an individual scored at least a 6 on each of the three assessments and has necessary foundational skills for 99% of the jobs listed in the WorkKeys Occupational Profile Database

Qualifying students receive a free verifiable certificate number that can be included on resumes or presented to potential employers. The student should log in through www.myworkkeys.com to register their eligibility. Once logged in to the account the student will be able to share the certificate electronically for free, allow employers to verify certificate details, or order a printed National Career Readiness Certificate for $15.

More information about WorkKeys® can be obtained online at www.act.org/workkeys.

Michigan-Developed Component

The ACT and WorkKeys do not assess science content, social studies and two areas of the Michigan Mathematics Curriculum framework. Thus, in order to align the MME with the Michigan Curriculum Framework, as required by No Child Left Behind, some additional testing will be required. This Michigan-Developed component is similar to the former MEAP high school test.

MME Future Spring Dates

(for students that are juniors* in that year)
SessionComponent2012
Initial ACT Plus Writing
WorkKeys
Michigan Math, Science, Social Studies
March 6
March 7
March 8
Make up ACT Plus Writing
WorkKeys
Michigan Math, Science, Social Studies
March 20
March 21
March 22

 

* A senior may only take the MME if they are a first time test taker or did not receive a valid score on the MME as a junior (a valid score is a 1, 2, 3, or 4).