Category: Guidance


Specific tests are required for a student to receive financial aid from a college, trade, or business school. Most colleges also require specific tests as part of the admission process. The following tests are available annually to students at the grade levels indicated.

(1) Iowa Tests of Basic Skills – 2nd - 8th Grade

Iowa Basic Skills Tests are general achievement tests for use in all grade levels. They are designed to measure how well a student has learned the basic knowledge and skills that are taught in such areas as reading, mathematics, social studies, and science.

(2) PLAN Test - 10th Grade

The PLAN test is designed to assist students in preparing for the ACT. Students are tested in the areas of English, math, reading, and science. The test is administered in the fall either at Zion or at a partner school. Submission of the testing fee is required for those students electing to take the test.

(3) Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Qualifying Test – 10th & 11th Grade

This test is highly recommended for students who plan to attend a college or university. This test measures the same abilities as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Students are encouraged to take this test in order to qualify for a National Merit Scholarship and to learn about their academic potential in relation to other sophomores and juniors. The test is administered in the fall either at Zion or at a partner school. Submission of the testing fee is required for those students electing to take the test.

(4) Michigan Merit Exam (MME) - 11th Grade

The Michigan Merit Examination is the state assessment administered in March to all students in 11th Grade. The MME consists of three major components: the ACT college entrance examination, the WorkKeys job skills assessments in reading and mathematics, and Michigan assessments in mathematics, science, social studies, and persuasive writing. The combined MME assessment measures student learning in the Michigan high school standards, benchmarks, and core content expectations. Students must achieve a qualifying score on all three sections of the test in order to be eligible for the Michigan Promise Scholarship. Students who do not achieve a qualifying score may retake the test in the fall of his or her senior year.

(5) American College Test (ACT) – 11th – 12th Grades

This test is required by the state of Michigan for eligibility for financial aid from the state, especially if the student plans to attend a state supported institution. The majority of colleges in Michigan require this test for admission. 11th graders will take the ACT at no cost as part of the Michigan Merit Exam. Students wishing to better his or her score on the ACT will need to register to retake the test at their own expense. Registration materials are available in the school office.

(6) Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) – 11th – 12th Grade

This test is similar to the PSAT/NMSQT and is required by many out-of-state colleges. Students who plan to attend an eastern college should plan to take this test during their junior year. Students who plan to attend an out-of-state college may take the SAT more than once. Registration materials are available in the school office.

(7) Vocational Testing - 10th – 12th Grade

Vocational tests, including the KUDER Career Planning System are utilized. These tests are beneficial to students who want assistance in exploring vocational opportunities. With uder Skills Assessment, students get the chance to rate different tasks to their skill ability, and from there, view their results as they align to career clusters. By understanding what their good at doing, students can look for a career where they will excel or find out what to study in college to increase their skill level. Knowing both what they enjoy doing and what they are good at doing can make all the difference when planning for the future. Once students have learned about their interests and skills, the Kuder system will help them compare the results. 


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