Alpena High School, along with other high schools in Michigan, will be conducting a variety of standardized tests throughout April. These exams are mandated by the State of Michigan and are valuable resources for students, parents and school staff. The exams are useful in a variety of ways which include college admissions, job training, credit recovery and measuring academic standing.
Juniors begin the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) on Tuesday, April 11th with the new SAT. This test was approved by the Legislature to take the place of the ACT. The test will be given in the gymnasium at the beginning of the school day and lasting until approximately 1:30 PM. The SAT is the most rigorous of any of the tests. Juniors, after completing testing on April 11th,, are excused from classes for the remainder of the day. Juniors follow up on Wednesday, April 12th with the ACT WorkKeys test. This test starts at the beginning of the school day and lasts until about 11:30. At that time students will go to lunch and then be expected to attend their 5th and 6th hours.
The final portion of the MME for juniors takes place the following week in computer labs. Students will be scheduled to take the online science and social studies portions at various times from April 18th through April 21st. Make-up sessions will be held the week of April 24th. It is essential that all juniors take ALL portions of the MME. If any test is not completed, students must take the entire MME their senior year. The successful completion of all MME sections fulfills an AHS graduation requirement and is mandated by the State of Michigan.
Please take some time to discuss these dates with your student and encourage good test taking habits such as eating a proper breakfast and getting enough sleep. While few people enjoy taking a test, it is rewarding to give your best effort and view personal academic accomplishments that have been earned through years of studying and hard work.