Michigan juniors to take SAT April 12 next year

The Detroit News

Michigan’s college-bound juniors may want to circle April 12 on next year’s calendar — that’s the day the SAT will be offered statewide as a replacement for the ACT, state and College Board officials announced Friday.

Aiming to ease the transition, the Michigan Department of Education plans to offer free PSAT exams starting next spring for 9th and 10th graders to help them prepare for the SAT, a higher education assessment exam produced by the College Board.

“This provides a powerful opportunity to bridge student learning from grades 3-8 through high school and post-secondary,” said state school Superintendent Mike Flanagan. “The tests are aligned with Michigan’s state standards and provide a key link to career and college readiness for Michigan students.”

State officials announced in January that Michigan high school juniors would be required to take the SAT instead of the ACT starting in 2016. Under a three-year contract worth $17.1 million, the College Board will administer the SAT to Michigan juniors for free.

Students can still take the ACT at their own expense; the basic ACT exam costs $38 and $54.50 with the writing section included. Colleges and universities in Michigan generally accept either exam for admission.