Standardized Testing: Grades 8-11

Michigan Merit Exam: Juniors in the spring

The Michigan Merit Examination (MME) includes three components: the SAT college entrance exam, ACT WorkKeys work skills assessment, and the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-Step) in science and social studies.  These three components provide a measure of individual performance based on Michigan's high school content standards and indicates career- and college-readiness.  For more information on the MME and its three components, please visit

SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)
The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) is required for admission is required for admission to any Michigan four-year college or university. It is not required for admission to community and business colleges, but all juniors will be taking it as part of the state mandated MME. SAT scores are also used to determine which students will be eligible for entry into the Michigan Competitive Scholarship Competition. It is required for some out-of-state colleges and universities. The tests are given the spring of your Junior year.

SAT Prep
RHS provides rigorous college prep courses, and requires all Juniors to take the SAT Prep course in preparation for taking the SAT as part of the MME (Michigan Merit Exam).  

ACT (American College Test)
The ACT (American College Test) is no longer required for admission to any Michigan four-year college or university.  Students who wish to take this test can visit  for test information and registration. 

PSAT 10: Sophomores in the spring

The PSAT/NMSQT (juniors and sophomores in the fall)  and PSAT 10 are the same test, offered at different times of the year.  Part of the SAT Suite of Assessments and tightly aligned with the SAT, they serve as check-ins on student progress and pinpoint areas for development.  These tests support student progress by focusing on the skills and knowledge that matter most for college and career success.

PSAT 8/9: Freshmen in fall and spring;  8th graders in fall and spring

The PSAT 8/9 is the first test in the SAT Suite of Assessments.  Using the same specifications as the SAT and the PSAT 10 tests, it establishes a baseline for college and career readiness as students enter high school.  It is important to note that the SAT Suite's progression is reflected in a common score scale that provides consistent longitudinal feedback on a student-by-student basis.  This enables students to see where they can improve and helps teachers adjust instruction for students who are ahead or behind the benchmarks for college- and career-readiness.

M-STEP 8: 8th graders in the spring

The State of Michigan mandates M-STEP testing for all 8th graders.   It is a 21st Century online test designed to gauge how well students are mastering state standards. These standards, developed for educators by educators, broadly outline what students should know and be able to do in order to be prepared to enter the workplace, career education training, and college. M-STEP results, when combined with classroom work, report cards, local district assessments and other tools, offer a comprehensive view of student progress and achievement

ASVAB: Sophomores in the spring

ASVAB stands for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. While this is a standardized test used to rate an individual’s aptitude for service in the United States Armed Forces, its purpose is different when we administer it to all of our sophomores. Career-readiness is broad and we want to open students' eyes to the opportunities that await them based on their strengths and weaknesses in areas such as math, science, and reading, as well as current knowledge of specific mechanical, electronic, automotive, and shop concepts.  Test results are accompanied by a detailed presentation explaining how to uncover career possibilities based on students' aptitudes and interests.

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