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SAT Test replaces PRE Test for Teaching

August 01, 2017

SAT Test replaces PRE Test for Teaching

The Michigan Department of Education released a statement on April 10, 2017 that the Professional Readiness Exam (PRE Test) is now replaced with the SAT test. Anyone with passing scores from the newly-redesigned SAT (as administered on March 2, 2016 or later) now fulfills the requirements set forth by Michigan Compiled Law (MCL) 380.1531(2).

In order to meet the requirement for teacher certification, the SAT has two sections that must be passed at or above the career- and college-readiness (CCR) benchmark as shown below:

  • Evidence-Based Reading and Writing = Score 480 or higher
  • Mathematics =  Score 530 or higher

Both individual sections of the SAT must be passed at or above these score values; there is no CCR benchmark made on the SAT Composite, or overall, score scale.

The last administration of the PRE was on September 23, 2017. The PRE is no longer be available as a test option. Please note that passing scores from the PRE, or its predecessor the Basic Skills Test (BST), will continue to be accepted by the state.

In 2014, the following alternate measures were also made available to establish a PRE passing status:

  • an equivalent ACT score on any subtest within valid administration dates;
  • an equivalent MME score on any subtest within valid administration dates;
  • a -1 Statistical Error of Measurement (SEM) adjustment on one subtest with a passing result on the other two subtests; or
  • any combination of the above three.

Since these alternate measures are based on any valid PRE attempt, they must likewise be tied to the valid administration dates of the PRE. Thus, only ACT and MME tests taken on or before September 23, 2017 may be accepted for this purpose. In addition, any -1 SEM adjustment must similarly be based on a PRE administration that occurred on or before September 23, 2017. After October 1, 2025, scores from the ACT or MME, or the -1 SEM adjustment, will no longer be accepted, even with administration dates of September 23, 2017 or earlier.

To summarize, the following dates apply to the SAT implementation timeline:

  • March 2, 2016: First date of SAT administration available for use as valid substitute for PRE.
  • September 23, 2017: Last administration date of the PRE; ACT scores, MME scores, or -1 SEM claims must be based on test administration dates on or before this date.
  • October 20, 2017: Report date of the last administration of the PRE.
  • October 1, 2025: ACT scores, MME scores and -1 SEM claims no longer acceptable, even if their test administration dates occurred on or before September 23, 2017

In 2015-2016, the State-wide cumulative pass rate for the PRE was 11.3%, with only 8.4% of test takers passing the PRE on their first attempt. 

The full details from Michigan Department of Education can be seen in the attached PDF. If you have questions, please contact the College of Education at coeserve@gvsu.edu or 616-331-6650.

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