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Administered to all 10th graders in GuilfordCounty

on October 16, 2013.

Whatis ?

  • Curriculum-basedachievement test thatmeasurescollegereadiness

  • Most powerfulpredictor of performance on the ACT

  • Used for course placement

  • CareerInterestInventory and educational/career plans collected

Part 1

(takes 60 minutes to complete; doneprior to test day)

  • Student Information and Background

  • Future Plans

  • StudentNeedsAssessment

  • InterestInventory (72 questions)

10th graders willcomplete Part 1 of the PLAN on October 9th in the cafeteria. Bring a pencil & beprepared to complete the entiresurvey!

Part 2 willbeadministered to all 10th graders on October 16th in homeroom!

  • What to bring to homeroom Oct. 16:

  • calculator

  • #2 pencils – bring at least 4

  • (wooden pencils only)

What you are not allowed to have or do during the test
What you are NOT allowed to have or do during the test:

  • no food/drink

  • No Cell phones – cannot be on at all!

  • No Highlighters

  • No Scratch paper – you CAN write in test booklet

  • No dictionaries of any sort allowed

  • Cannot look around

  • Cannot share calculator with someone

  • Cannot go back to a test section after time has been called for that section, or fill in ovals!

  • Cannot look ahead in the test booklet

Doing your best
Doing Your Best

  • Get plenty of sleep the night before the test.

  • Follow directions exactly, and don't be afraid to ask questions.

  • Mark your answer folder carefully. Fill in the ovals neatly.

  • Don't spend too much time on any single question. For hard ones, choose the answer you think is best and move on.

  • Just like the ACT, there is no penalty for guessing. Be sure to answer every question.

    • Read all the possible answers before choosing one. Eliminate every answer you know is wrong, then pick the best one from those left.

The english test
The English Test

  • Twosubscores

    • Usage/mechanics (30 questions)

      • Punctuation (7 questions)

      • Grammar and Usage (9 questions)

      • Sentence Structure (14 questions)

    • Rhetoricalskills(20 questions)

      • Strategy (6 questions)

      • Organization (7 questions)

      • Style (7 questions)

  • Contains four reading (prose) passages of approximately 300 wordsfollowed by multiple choice questions.

The math test
The Math Test

  • Twosubscores

    • Pre-Algebra/Algebra (22 questions)

      • Pre-Algebra (14 questions)

      • Algebra (8 questions)

    • Geometry (18 questions)

      • Plane Geometry (11 questions)

      • CoordinateGeometry (7 questions)

The math test1
The Math Test

  • All questions are multiple choice.

  • Test focuses on the ability to reason quantitatively rather than on memorized formulas or involved computations.

  • Use of calculators ispermitted on the Math Test.

The math test2
The Math Test


These types of calculators are prohibited:

  • Texas Instruments: All model numbers that begin with TI-89 or TI-92

  • Hewlett-Packard: hp 48GII and all model numbers that begin with hp 40G or hp 49G

  • Casio: Algebra fx 2.0, ClassPad 300, and all model numbers that begin with CFX-9970G

  • calculators with built-in computer algebra systems

  • pocket organizers

  • handheld or laptop computers

  • electronic writing pads or pen-input devices—The Sharp EL 9600 is permitted.

  • calculators built into cellular phones or other electronic communication devices

  • calculators with a typewriter keypad (keys in QWERTY format)—Calculators with letter keys not in QWERTY format are permitted.

The reading test
The Reading Test

  • Containsthreereading passages of approximately 500 wordsfollowed by multiple choicequestions.

  • Prose Fiction (8 questions)

  • Humanities (9 questions)

  • Social Sciences (8 questions)

The reading test1
The Reading Test

  • Skills measured include:

    • referring to details in the passage

    • drawing conclusions

    • making comparisons and generalizations

  • Not tested:

    • knowledge of information outside the passages

    • vocabulary taken out of context

    • rules of formal logic

The science test
The Science Test

  • Content areas covered

    • Earth/Space Science

    • Biology

    • Chemistry

    • Physics

      (no more thantwotopics per content area)

The science test1
The Science Test

  • Stimulus material

    • Data representation(2 sets of information;10 questions)

      • graphs, tables, and other schematic forms

    • Researchsummaries(2 sets of information;14 questions)

      • descriptions of several related experiments

    • Conflictingviewpoints(1 set of information;6 questions)

      • two or more hypotheses that are inconsistent with one another

The science test2
The Science Test

  • Multiple-choice questions follow each set of information

    • Understand the information provided

    • Examine critically the relationships between the information and the hypotheses developed

    • Generalize from the information in order to draw conclusions or make predictions

  • The use of calculators is notpermitted on the Science Test.


Schools will receive:

For the student

  • Individual Student Score Reports (2)

    • Scores

    • Course Plans

    • CollegeReadiness Benchmarks

    • College/Career plans

    • NeedsAssessment

    • CareerInterestInventory

    • Item Analysis

  • “Using Your PLAN Results”

Sample student score report
SampleStudent Score Report


Sample student score report1
SampleStudent Score Report

Course Plans and CollegeReadiness Benchmarks:

College readiness benchmark scores
CollegeReadiness Benchmark Scores

The ACT Benchmark Score indicates a 50% chance of obtaining a “B” or a 75% chance of obtaining a “C” in correspondingcredit-bearingcollege courses.

Sample student score report2
SampleStudent Score Report

College/Career Plans:

Sample student score report3
SampleStudent Score Report


Sample student score report4
SampleStudent Score Report


Sample student score report5
SampleStudent Score Report

Item Analysis: for ALL four sections!

  • The individual score report provided to students and their families indicates for each of the four subject areas:

    • How many questions were answered correctly

    • How many questions were omitted (there is no penalty for guessing, so an omitted item is marked as incorrect)

    • How many questions were answered incorrectly

    • Prescriptive suggestions on how to improve each of the key skills measured by PLAN

    • How the student’s PLAN score in each subject area compares to established benchmark scores (below/at/above) indicating the likelihood of being ready for first-year college courses

What to bring to families indicates for each of the four subject areas:homeroom Oct. 16th :

Permitted calculator

#2 pencils – bring at least 4 wooden, sharpened ones families indicates for each of the four subject areas:/

Visit this website for more information!

Find this website and more information about PLAN and the ACT on our school website!