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Testing Information

In January 2015, the Michigan Department of Education announced that it adopted the redesigned SAT test as the new state test for all Juniors.  As such, West Ottawa High School has adopted the redesigned SAT suite of assessments as their standardized assessment of college and career readiness throughout grades nine through eleven. The redesigned SAT Suite of Assessments includes the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9. The tests measure the same skills and knowledge in ways that make sense for different grade levels.

Early and regular assessment of student progress toward college and career readiness enables school and district leaders to measure the growth of individual students as well as groups of students. Furthermore, regular assessment of student progress will provide parents with a better gauge of students AP Potential or readiness for Advanced Placement coursework. The assessments are aligned with best practices for developing college and career readiness.

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PSAT 8/9

The PSAT 8/9 is a test that will help students, parents, and teachers figure out what students need to work on most so that they’re ready for college when they graduate from high school. It tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 10 — in a way that makes sense for students’ grade level. This assessment will be given in the spring of freshman year.


The PSAT/NMSQT, junior level assessment used as the National Merit Qualifying Assessment, and the sophomore level assessment, PSAT 10, are highly relevant to students future success because they focus on the skills and knowledge at the heart of education. The PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 are great ways to preview and practice for the SAT. The PSAT/NMSQT, given in the fall of the junior year, and the PSAT 10, given in the spring of the sophomore year, test the same skills and knowledge as the SAT — in a way that makes sense for your grade level.  They’ll measure:

  • What students learn in high school
  • What students need to succeed in college

The best way to prepare for the test is to:

  • Take challenging courses
  • Do your homework
  • Prepare for tests and quizzes
  • Ask and answer lots of questions

In short, take charge of your education and learn as much as you can.

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Find out what kinds of questions you’ll see on the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10. Where do you want to start?


As the nation’s most widely used college admission test, the SAT is the first step toward higher education for students of all backgrounds. It’s taken by more than two million students every year and is accepted by virtually all colleges and universities. When used in combination with high school GPA, SAT scores are shown to be the best predictors of a student’s potential to succeed in college. The SAT covers core content areas deemed essential for success in college — reading, mathematics, and writing and language. The SAT is connected to the College Board’s earlier grade college readiness assessments, which work together to provide an ongoing grade level picture of a student’s progress.

Students take the SAT in the spring of their junior year as part of the MSTEP.  This test includes a full SAT test on the first day at no cost to students. Students may register for additional SAT tests if they are unsatisfied with their scores from the State administered test day.  To register for a National Test Date, please visit the CollegeBoard for dates and registration fees. Scores can be sent to colleges of their choice.

Juniors and seniors may also elect to take an ACT test

It is recommended that juniors also sign up for one or two ACT tests. The WOHS curriculum has been aligned to the ACT test for years. Most juniors who have been in West Ottawa have been exposed to many ACT-like assessments. Current Juniors should be highly prepared for the ACT. These additional test opportunities are on Saturdays throughout the year. Check dates and sign up at

Test Preparation Resources

ZAPS Classes at WOHS for PSAT and SAT prep

Juniors and parents of juniors will receive emails regarding the ZAPS test prep classes offered at WOHS North Building. ZAPS PSAT prep is given late September. SAT Prep Session- Fall 2015

KHAN Academy

The College Board has partnered with Khan Academy, the world’s leading online learning resource, to provide unprecedented preparation material for SAT preparation. Each student will create a College Board account and a Khan Academy account at WOHS. Students should use their College Board to access practice SAT material. Khan Academy will then build specific remediation courses for the student based on their practice test scores.


SylvanPrep, a division of Sylvan Learning Centers,  offers students a small group or a one-on-one test prep environment to help reduce the test day jitters and develop in students the confidence they need to improve test scores with test taking strategies and focus on individual subject areas that need improvement. This paid program is available for the ACT Suite of assessments as well as the SAT Suite.  For more information about a SylvanPrep program in your area, please visit:

Varsity Tutors

The mission of Varsity Tutors  is to improve access to education by connecting students to top instructors through a live 1:1 learning platform.  Their experienced academic directors assess every student’s unique needs and learning style, and help students identify a tutor that is the best fit.  The tutors individualize lessons and present materials and concepts in engaging, easy-to-understand ways that keep students motivated and on the road to academic success. Throughout the entire tutoring process, their academic directors are available for support and committed to facilitating the best possible experience to students and their families.  To learn more about Varsity Tutors pricing and tutor availability, please visit:

To access the free, online, self-directed, test preparation resources from Varsity Tutors for the Accuplacer, ACT, ACT-Explore, ACT-Compass, ASVAB, Advanced Placement, PSAT (pre-redesign), SAT (pre-redesign), and SAT Subject Tests, go to


The American College Test (ACT) is used as a measure of each student’s abilities and talents in four academic areas. Colleges and universities use this test score in combination with your high school transcript to determine your admissibility to their school.  The ACT is offered six times each year in the months of September, October, December, February, April, and June.  Students can take the ACT as many times as they choose.  The ACT contains multiple-choice tests in four areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science.  Each of these tests contains questions that offer either four or five answer choices from which you are to choose the correct, or best, answer.  The ACT provides various test preparation materials on their website.  From sample questions to an online preparation program, these materials are exclusively designed by the ACT!  Check out the official ACT prep materials here: ACTStudent

MCC ACT Prep information

Muskegon Community College offers multiple ACT preparation workshops during their spring and summer sessions.  Please check their site for dates and registration information:


The ACCUPLACER is a test of a student’s math, reading and writing abilities.  It is frequently used as a means of enrolling students into classes at the collegiate level.  

Grand Rapids Community College requires that students who score below an 18 on the math, reading or writing portion of the ACT take the ACCUPLACER prior to enrollment.  Click here for more information on GRCC’s ACCUPLACER test: GRCC – Accuplacer

Accuplacer prep

Muskegon Community College-Compass Placement Test

How to Access Your Scores

Students are always welcome to view their PSAT and SAT scores.

The following presentation was shared with all students. It contains directions on how to access your PSAT and SAT scores from College Board as well as directions on how to create a personalized Khan Academy account for SAT prep. This process is imperative for students in order to prepare for the SAT.