Kalamazoo SAT, WorkKeys, and M-Step

Michigan Virtual Charter Academy 11th & 12th graders

Hello MVCA Kalamazoo Area Families!

We at MVCA are confident this testing experience will be smooth for our parents, learning coaches, students, and teachers. To make this a comfortable, positive experience, it is important we are all informed. This newsletter will help answer some questions you may have. Please read through this information and contact the site lead (contact details at the bottom) with any additional questions or concerns you may have.

Our teaching team is looking forward to meeting all of you!

State Testing - Day 1 - SAT Exam

Tuesday, April 11th, 8am-12pm

3600 East Cork Street Court

Kalamazoo, MI

Please arrive 15 minutes early to check-in. You must bring a photo ID with you for your registration. This can be a driver's license, state issued picture ID, or a completed ID form with a head and shorts picture.

State Testing - Day 2 - WorkKeys & M-Step

Wednesday, April 12th, 8am-12pm

3600 East Cork Street Court

Kalamazoo, MI

Please arrive 15 minutes early for registration. No cell phones in the testing room.
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What to Bring

  • Layered shirt/sweatshirt in case you get hot or cold
  • Contact phone numbers for who to call when the student finishes testing.
  • A full belly - make sure to eat a healthy meal before you arrive at the test site.

NO outside food or drink is allowed at this facility.

What Will Be Provided

All testing materials (pencils, scratch paper, graph paper, computer, headphones, mouse, etc.)

and Testing Areas

Before sign-in:

  • Please make sure students have used the restroom. We will have restroom breaks, but it makes testing go more smoothly if this is taken care of before sign-in.
  • Free parking will be available right outside the building. Please follow all posted parking signs.
  • Ensure students have no electronic devices with them. If they will need to hang on to a cell phone to call after testing for pick-up, the power must be off, and these will be collected by our MVCA teachers to hold on to during testing.
  • Discuss behavior expectations with your child. Since we are guests of the Four Points at Sheraton, it is important that we respect their building and staff. Additionally, we all need to be respectful of other families and students testing. This is a new experience for many of our families; we want to make it as comfortable and positive as possible.

During sign-in:

  • All students must be accompanied by an adult. Students are not allowed to sign themselves into testing. If you need to make special arrangements for students who walk alone, this must be completed before the day of testing. A handwritten note from the learning coach or parent, signed, with contact information, must be scanned and emailed to the site lead, Jon DeCou at jdecou@k12.com no later than Monday, April 10th at 5pm.
  • Please give hugs and say goodbye while waiting in line to allow for smooth check in.
  • No parents or siblings will be allowed past the sign-in location or into the testing rooms, due to test security requirements.

During Testing

Students and MVCA Teachers:

MVCA teachers will greet students in their testing room and help them find their seats. Cell phones will be collected, verified it is powered off, and held on to by the MVCA teacher. Snacks and any additional items students bring will be placed at a designated place in the room away from the testing computers.

Parents/Learning Coaches:

You are welcome to drop your child off and return home. A teacher or your child will call you when they are finished with testing.

If you want to stick around there will be a waiting room designated for families on the main level.

Also, if you would like to pass the time shopping here are some options.

Kohl’s is at the corner of West Main & Drake

Target is on West Main

Lowe’s on Drake

Costco & Field & Stream are at the corner of Drake & Stadium

There is a mall in Portage called Crossroads Mall.

When Students are Finished

When students finish their final test for the day, they will be dismissed during breaks if other students are still testing. When they have been dismissed from the testing room, they will wait with one of our teachers. We will call the phone number provided at sign-in. Students cannot be dismissed without the signature of their legal guardian or learning coach.

Medical Concerns

If your child has any serious or life-threatening medical conditions or needs medication during testing, please call, Kmail, or e-mail Mr. Jon DeCou (616-309-1600 x. 3169) as soon as possible. This will ensure our team is aware and we are able to give you and your child the appropriate attention needed to address any concerns.

Meet the MVCA Kalamazoo Team