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 reading, mathematics, and “locating information”
- 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. A good SAT score can also help students attain scholarships. The WorkKeys is a job skills assessment system that helps employers select, hire, train, develop, and retain a high-performance workforce. This WorkKeys measures foundational and soft skills and offers specialized assessments to target institutional needs. Many businesses ask for WorkKeys results. 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.
For the 2015-16 school year, 11th graders will be given the exam in April.