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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!


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 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 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 homeroom Oct. 16th :

Permitted calculator

#2 pencils – bring at least 4 wooden, sharpened ones


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