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For as many years as I have been the principal at Morris Area High School, we have given the PLAN test to our 10th-grade students. I would like to take some time to explain to all readers, and especially to the parents of 10th-grade students, what the PLAN test is and why we give it to our 10th graders.

As part of its College Readiness System, ACT offers the PLAN program as a way for 10th-grade students to review their progress toward college readiness while there is still time to make necessary interventions. PLAN contains four tests--English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. These tests are designed to measure students' curriculum-related knowledge and the complex cognitive skills important for future education and careers. Scores range from 1 to 32. Most important, the PLAN gives students a good indicator for how they will perform on the ACT. The ACT composite test score is one of the standards colleges use to admit students. Therefore, the higher the ACT score, the greater the possibility of admittance into the college of your choice.

Some of the important information the PLAN results provide include:

1. Your estimated ACT Composite Score Range - most colleges have ACT Composite scores in the range of 21 - 26.

2. College Readiness - In the areas of English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science, the results will tell the students if their scores fall at or above the benchmark scores that show readiness for college-level work.

3. Profile for Success - As part of the PLAN test students indicated their Career Area preference. PLAN will provide an ACT composite score estimate of successful college sophomores in majors related to your preferred Career Area. For example, if your Career Area was Engineering and Technologies, successful college sophomores enrolled in Engineering and Technology classes had ACT composite scores in the (24-28) range. If your PLAN composite score was 18, Engineering probably isn't a very good fit.

The results of the PLAN tests are shared with our 10th-grade teachers, much like the MCA data, and the teachers use this information to inform their instruction in the classroom. If you have any questions about this test or the EXPLORE, call the high school office and we will be happy to answer them.

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