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Essentials

Michigan Virtual’s Essentials courses provide students who have previously failed core classes required for graduation or who attend an approved alternative education program, with a high quality online solution. Use the support articles in this category to find answers to students’ and mentors’ frequently asked questions about how to get started and navigate an Essentials course.

  • Diagnostic Tests

    Introduction: 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...

  • Navigating the Essentials Gradebook

    Introduction: The Essentials Gradebook can be viewed by accessing the “Grades” icon from your course in the Buzz Learning Management System (LMS). The following information can be noted when viewing “Grades.” Details: Scores for tests and assignments are reported...

  • Schedule Unit Exams

    Introduction: When a student has completed all required assignments for a module, the student may request the unit test password from their instructor and schedule the unit exam. This process describes the guidelines for scheduling.  All module unit tests are password prot...

  • Technology Requirements for Essential Courses

    Introduction: This article describes the technical requirements for completing an Essentials course. Details: First, students will need to make sure they have fully updated web browsers. It is recommended students use Chrome, as well as updated Java and Flash plugins. Ne...