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The PLANŽ helps tenth graders build a solid foundation for future academic and career success and provides information needed to address school districts' high-priority issues. It is a comprehensive guidance resource that helps students measure their current academic development, explore career/training options, and make plans for the remaining years of high school and post-graduation years. PLAN can help all students who are college-bound as well as those who are likely to enter the workforce directly after high school.

Typically, PLAN is administered in the fall of the sophomore year.

primary components

Achievement Tests
Science Reasoning
Non-Academic Sections
Interest Inventory
High School Course Information
Educational/Occupational Plans
Needs Assessment Profile

For students: The PLAN can...

  • stimulate thinking and planning for life after high school
  • assess status of academic preparation for postsecondary education
  • support meaningful high school course selection for junior and senior years
  • relate personal characteristics to educational and career options
  • help focus test preparation to improve ACT scores
  • provide an estimated Composite score for the ACT test

For schools: The PLAN can...

  • reinforce the need for strong academic preparation by students considering postsecondary education
  • provide a focus for more effective parent involvement in their student's plans
  • provide important feedback for planning and allocating guidance resources
  • collect and report data to help analyze the relationship between instruction and academic skill development.
  • serve as a milestone in longitudinal program evaluation through ACT's