Michigan Merit Exam Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Who will take the Michigan Merit Exam (MME)?
All Juniors will take the MME in addition to any Seniors eligible to retake.
Why does my child have to take the MME?
The Lamphere School district has made participation in the MME a graduation requirement.
How will my child know what the testing expectations are for the MME?
In order to communicate testing expectations to students, there will be a mandatory meeting your 11th grade student will attend in February. There will be two purposes for this meeting:
•1) Students will complete the informational portion of their testing answer documents for the ACT, WorkKeys, and MI components. This includes name, address, interest survey, college reporting choices (http://www.actstudent.org/scores/scodes.html) etc.
•2) Students will review the list of rules and regulations and will receive a written copy. It is imperative that students understand that non-compliance with the state's expectations could disqualify them from the Promise Scholarship.
What is meant by college reporting choices (see the question above)?
ACT will send test scores (ACT only) to four colleges of your choice. Students will need to know what colleges to indicate on their answer document.
Can the ACT score be used for college admission?
Scores for the ACT portion of the MME given under standard testing conditions are valid ACT scores and can be used for college application.
What subjects are tested on the MME?
Math, Science, Reading, English, Writing and Social Studies are tested.
How can my child study for the MME?
All students can access the ACT preparatory website at www.bridges.com/mvhs and follow the steps to review and practice for the exam. The Lamphere High School curriculum has been aligned to the state expectations which are tested on the MME. Staff has provided ACT review within content areas and through school wide ACT prep. Students can access the ACT website: http://www.act.org/.
Is a MME score tied to graduation or a diploma?
MME testing is an LHS graduation requirement, students must receive a valid score in all testing areas.
My child is a senior; can my child retake the MME?
A retake of the MME is not available. Only seniors that have not yet taken the MME are eligible to test.
When will the MME be given?
The MME is typically given the first week of March on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. District calendars will have the current year testing dates.
What is the testing schedule for the initial MME testing?
The MME testing schedule will be posted on the LHS website, MME page.
What happens if my child is absent for one of the testing days?
The make-up date will be exactly 2 weeks later. Students must complete the make up to fulfill the LHS graduation requirement.
If my child misses one day of testing do they need to attend all the make-up testing dates?
No. Students that are absent for initial testing need to only attend and test for the day they missed.
Will breakfast be served at LHS on the testing mornings?
Breakfast will be provided for juniors on testing days prior to testing.
Testing is very long; can my child bring food or drink to the testing sessions?
No food or drink is allowed in the testing rooms for any of the testing days, this is an ACT regulation in place for all of the MME. On the ACT testing day students will be given a short break during testing for restroom use and a small snack will be provided. On the additional testing days, a short break will be given during testing.
Can my child have a cell phone available?
No, cell phones are not permitted in testing rooms, please do not bring them. An interruption from any electronic device can invalidate your child's test score and possibly everyone's score in that testing room.
Will my child miss classes due to the MME?
Juniors will miss 1st hour on the last day of testing. The rest of the LHS student body will not be in attendance during testing times.
Do we need to pay for the ACT portion of the MME?
No. The entire test is provided by the State of Michigan.
Can my child use a calculator for the test and if so, which one?
Yes, calculators are allowed for certain portions of the MME. Students should bring their calculators for testing. For information on permitted calculators visit the Act website at http://www.actstudent.org/faq/answers/calculator.html
Can my child leave the test once finished?
No. Students may not leave early from the testing site. The testing requirements state that students must remain in the room until testing is complete.
Who can I contact if I further questions?
Further information will be posted on the school website MME Information page and communicated to students directly. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to call Mrs. Newton at 248-589-3943 x2870.