The Michigan Department of Education announced Wednesday that it is switching to the SAT as the state's required high school exam. The move will end a years-long relationship with the ACT that had nearly every high school junior taking that college entrance exam.

Students who wish to take the ACT — the exam for admission for most Michigan colleges and universities — will likely have to pay for the exam themselves.

The announcement was made by both the MDE and the Department of Technology, Management and Budget. They said the SAT had won a three-year competitively bid contract. The contract will cost $17.1 million.

The state will continue to give ACT's WorkKeys exam (which is a separate exam altogether), which assesses workplace readiness skills. A three-year contract for that exam is $12.2 million.

"The College Board's SAT test is respected and used around the country," State Superintendent Mike Flanagan said in a release.

The College Board is the organization that administers the SAT.

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