Testing and Assessments
- PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
- Pre-ACT for Sophomores
- ACT Test Prep
- Language Immersion Tests
- National and Internationally Normed Tests
- AP and IB Exam Information
- Testing Accommodations 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 Wednesday, October 18, in the morning. This is an excused absence.
Registration is open now through Wednesday, September 27.
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.
Registration for the PSAT10 is not yet available. The PSAT10 test for 10th grade students at Minnetonka High School will take place in the spring. Further information will be shared when it is available.
Test Prep/Study Guides can be found below this paragraph. Because the PSAT10, PSAT, and SAT are tests from the same track, test prep materials may be used interchangeably.
1) PSAT STUDY GUIDE (recommended)
Students may pick-up a FREE PSAT study guide from the Testing Desk in the MHS Counseling Office OR view the study guide here: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/official-student-guide-psat-10.pdf
2) PSAT Test Prep Opportunities (Free):
- Method Test Prep through Naviance
- Khan Academy
- College Board (creators of PSAT)
- Kaplan Test Prep – 1-800-KAP-TEST
- Offering two different types of PSAT prep classes
- 1-on-1 PSAT prep: $167 an hour
All paid courses listed are reputable and are included based off positive feedback we have received, however, MHS does not endorse any one of these programs over others.
This list is not exhaustive. There are many reputable test prep sources available.
National ACT Test Information
The National ACT exam will be offered to students on the following dates:
|Test Date||Registration Deadline|
|October 28, 2023*||September 22, 2023|
|December 9, 2023*||November 3, 2023|
|February 10, 2024*||January 5, 2024|
|April 13, 2024*||March 8, 2024|
|June 8, 2024*||May 3, 2024|
|July 13, 2024||June 7, 2024|
* These tests will be hosted at Minnetonka High School. For questions about ACT National Tests contact MHS Teacher Anne.Helseth@minnetonkaschools.org
State ACT Test Information
Minnetonka High School will be offering the State ACT exam to 11th grade students on March 26, 2024 during the regular school day.
Registration information will be disseminated to juniors and their families during the winter months. The registration deadline is TBD.
Fee waiver requests for the ACT exam should be directed to Kristen Turnblad: Kristen.Turnblad@minnetonkaschools.org (available for students who qualify for free and reduced lunch).
Questions about the ACT as it relates to college? Contact your student’s counselor.
Questions about the State ACT Registration? Contact the MHS Testing Assistant, Tyler Barthelemy
Exclusively for sophomores, the Pre-ACT will take place on Tuesday, March 26, 2024 simultaneously with the juniors’ ACT.
No registration is required, and student attendance will be marked in traditional fashion. Sophomores who attend school on March 26, 2024 will be required to take the exam. This exam will help provide for students a raw test score, which will show them areas of potential strengths and weaknesses toward the ACT. This exam is free. There will be no makeup day for this exam.
Questions may be directed to the MHS Testing Assistant, Tyler Barthelemy.
2023 ACT Test Prep Information
ACT Prep: Free
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 by MHS.
MINNESOTA COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENTS (MCA)
MCAs are mandated by the state of Minnesota. They help schools and districts measure student progress toward the state’s academic standards.
|Grade||Test||Testing Dates (all grades)|
|10||Reading (taken in English)||
|12||Any student who hasn't completed a MN bio Exam previously.||
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.