See the counselor or your BASE advisor for more information about test taking strategies.
PLAN Test: the Pre-ACT Test
PLAN is a unique, comprehensive assessment program designed to improve the post-secondary planning and preparation of first-year WTMC students and to enable schools to assist students and their parents in this important process. The program, administered once a year in December, measures the academic development of first-year students in four key subject areas: writing skills, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning. The four tests are complementary in content and format to the tests in the ACT assessment. In addition to the analysis of academic skills development, the PLAN gathers and reports information about students’ educational and career plans, interests, knowledge of effective study techniques, and self-identified needs for assistance.
PSAT/NMSQT: Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
The PSAT/NMSQT aids secondary schools in early identification and counseling of students planning to attend college and serves as the qualifying test for scholarships awarded by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. It measures developed verbal and mathematical reasoning abilities important for academic achievement in college and assesses the ability to reason with facts and concepts, rather than the capacity to recall and recite them. The PSAT/NMSQT is a slightly shorter, somewhat easier version of the SAT and is an excellent predictor of performance on the SAT. The test is given during fall semester in October.
ACT Test: American College Testing Program
All colleges in Michigan accept this test for student admission. ACT is a battery of tests which includes mathematics, writing skills, reading, and science reasoning. The ACT is given on five Saturdays throughout the school year. This test is included as part of the Michigan Merit Exam that is taken in the spring; all WTMC students receive a complete, official ACT score by taking the Michigan Merit Exam. The ACT website allows you to register for other test dates, understand your scores, view your scores, and send your scores to colleges during the application process. It also includes some information on test preparation and sample tests.
SAT I Test: Scholastic Aptitude Test – Reasoning Test
This test is not required by any college in Michigan. Many out-of-state colleges, however, do require it for admission. If you plan to apply to an out-of-state college that requires this test, it is recommended that you take it late in your second year at WTMC. The test is given on six Saturdays throughout the year. It is a multiple-choice test made up of separately timed verbal and mathematical sections. Verbal questions measure your ability to understand what you read and the extent of your vocabulary. Mathematical questions measure your ability to solve problems involving arithmetic reasoning, algebra, and geometry. The emphasis is on data interpretation and applied math questions.
SAT II Test: Scholastic Aptitude Test – Subject Test
These tests are not required by all colleges. Students should check in the college catalogs or with admissions offices of individual colleges. These tests measure what you know in each of several fields: mathematics, biology, history, chemistry, foreign language, and others. Each test is one hour in length with multiple-choice questions. Test are given on most SAT I test dates.