Maine High School Assessment

Maine assesses students in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics and science at least once in high school. Requiring the Maine High School Assessment (MHSA) of all students raises expectations and aspirations and increases readiness for college or other post-secondary opportunities. Such preparation is consistent with the expectations expressed in the Maine Learning Results and helps to ensure that Maine students are well prepared to succeed in our increasingly complex state, national and world economy.

In the spring of 2006, Maine began requiring all public third-year high school students to take SAT tests in critical reading, writing and mathematics and a separate science assessment to meet this requirement.

The MHSA science tests must be administered during a two-week window that begins Monday, March 24 and closes Friday, April 4, 2014.

The official MHSA SAT administration date for the 2013-14 school year is Saturday, May 3, 2014. 

Refer to the 2013-2014 MeCAS Testing Dates document for more information about each state assessment.

In addition to the SAT and science test associated with the MHSA, the Department is pleased to offer again this year ReadiStep at grade nine and ACCUPLACER® or Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test at grade 11.


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