Testing and Assessments
- PSAT: National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
- ACT Test Prep
- Language Immersion Tests
- National and Internationally Normed Tests
- AP and IB Exam Information
To be considered for the National Merit Scholarship Competition, students must take the PSAT as a junior. All MHS juniors are encouraged to take the PSAT on January 26, 2021, during hours 1-3. This is an excused absence.
Students who qualify as National Merit Semifinalists are notified during September of their senior year, about one year after taking the PSAT/NMSQT. National Merit Semifinalists are highly sought college recruits. In addition to National Merit Scholarships, many colleges and universities offer their own significant scholarships that can amount to thousands of dollars each year, half-tuition, etc.
Sophomores may also take the PSAT test at Minnetonka High School on January 26, 2021 (hours 1-3, excused absence) as a practice test before junior year. (The PSAT test taken during sophomore year is NOT considered for entry in the National Merit Scholarship Competition.)
*Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)
National ACT Test Information
Minnetonka High School will be offering the National ACT exam to students on the following dates:
|Test Date||Registration Deadline|
|December 12, 2020 - canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions||November 6, 2020|
|February 6, 2021||January 8, 2021|
|April 17, 2021||March 12, 2021|
|June 12, 2021||May 7, 2021|
State ACT Test Information
Minnetonka High School will be offering the State ACT exam to 11th grade students on April 6, 2021 during the regular school day.
- This exam is optional. Juniors choosing not to take the exam are excused from school on this day.
- MHS is offering the ACT without writing exam. Students will need to pay $55 to take the exam (the standard price for an ACT exam without writing).
- There are many additional test dates offered by ACT. Please go to ACT.org to view additional test dates (including registration information for these dates).
If you prefer to pay by check or cash, please bring a completed form with your payment to the MHS bursar.
Fee waiver requests for the April 6 ACT exam should be directed to Kristen Turnblad: firstname.lastname@example.org (available for students who qualify for free and reduced lunch).
Please contact your student’s counselor or Jennifer Smasal, jennifer.Smasall@minnetonkaschools.org, with any questions.
2020 ACT Test Prep Information
No free ACT Prep is planned at this time.
ACT PREP FEE-BASED
*There are many fee-based ACT test prep/tutoring options available. The following are links to a sampling of local service providers, none of which are endorsed my MHS.
WIDA FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS (ELL)
WIDA is a federally mandated test to monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English language proficiency.
|9-12||WIDA for ELL students||January 25-March 19|
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) publishes the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), an assessment that aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students in reading, mathematics, and science. Students are randomly selected by OECD for the PISA test administration.