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What are diagnostic tests?


Diagnostic testing is a very important part of the Essentials program. These tests are the first things students complete in their courses, and are a critical component of the course. Students should take their time and do their very best work on the diagnostic tests. Students should complete the diagnostic tests only when they are ready to begin work on a specific unit instead of going through and taking the diagnostic tests all at once.

Reasons Why Diagnostic Tests are So Important

  • If a student can take and pass a diagnostic test, they do not need to complete the lesson tied to that particular diagnostic test. If a student has already mastered a topic, already knows something, they can keep moving forward!
    Note: Student should make sure they answer all of the questions (and parts of the questions) including essays if there are any.
  • A student should take the diagnostic tests as they are ready to begin working on a particular unit.  This is because in some subjects, the information is scaffolded, meaning that some information for a diagnostic might be found in a previous unit, so it makes sense to try to have as much information as you can before attempting the tests.  Making sure students really understand this component of the course could make all the difference in a student’s experience in the course.

Passing/Not Passing a Diagnostic Test

  • Students can view their diagnostic results immediately following the test, or through the gradebook by clicking “My Grades.”
  • Diagnostic Tests must be passed at 100% in order for a student to test out of a lesson.
  • Diagnostic tests can only be taken once, so it is imperative that students do their best work the first time.
  • Students must complete the test in one sitting.  Therefore, they should only BEGIN a diagnostic when they have the time available to finish it.
  • In accordance with 
  • Michigan Virtual’s Academic Integrity Policy, students should not have any other windows open during the test.
  • It is best practice to proctor all student exams to avoid both technology issues and academic integrity issues.

Last updated on August 17, 2020

Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.