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The Michigan Merit Examination (MME) assesses students in grade 11 and eligible students in grade 12 based on Michigan high school standards. It is administered each spring, and consists of three components:

  • College Board SAT
  • WorkKeys® job skills assessments in Applied Mathematics, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents
  • Michigan-developed Science and Social Studies M-STEP

The MME gives students a free opportunity to take the SAT. The SAT is the most widely used college admissions test and covers reading, mathematics, writing and language. Scores on the SAT score are used for scholarship consideration in addition to admission. The WorkKeys is a job skills assessment system that helps employers select, hire, train, develop, and retain a high-performance workforce. The WorkKeys measures foundational and soft skills and offers specialized assessments to target institutional needs. The final part of the MME is the Michigan developed components, known as the M-STEP. At the high school level, student in 11th grade are given science and social studies M-STEP exams.

Zeeland East and West High Schools currently offer the following Advanced Placement Courses:

AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP English Literature, AP English Language, AP Environmental Science, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Music Theory, AP Physics 1, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, AP World History, AP US Government, and AP US History.

College entrance exams are an important part of the college application process for some institutions. There are two tests that are widely accepted at most colleges and universities in the United States: the SAT and the ACT.  It is not necessary to take both.  All Zeeland students will take the SAT in April of their junior year.  This administration of the SAT will be a school day event, and given as one part of the three part Michigan Merit Exam.  Zeeland High Schools will register students for this exam and it is free of charge.  In order to make sure students have maximized their scores, some students elect to either retake the test they have already taken and/or to take the other test to see if they can achieve a higher score. Below is information on how to sign up for more testing.  Fee waivers are available for those who qualify.


SAT Registration

Cost: $60

Test Dates/Registration Deadlines:

  • August 26/July 28
  • October 7/September 7
  • November 4/October 5
  • December 2/November 2
  • March 9/February 23 (first all-digital administration)
  • May 4/April 19 (digital)
  • June 1/May 17 (digital)

Closest Test Locations:  Holland Christian, Hamilton, East Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Christian, Davenport University (Holland and GR), Grand Haven


ACT Registration

Cost: No Writing: $68; With Writing: $93

Test Dates/Registration Deadlines

  • September 9/August 4
  • October 28/September 22
  • December 9/November 3
  • February 10/January 5
  • April 13/March 8
  • June 8/May 3
  • July 13/June 7

Closest Test Locations: Holland Christian, Saugatuck, Grandville Calvin Christian, Grand Rapids Christian

There are free resources available to prepare for these exams.