The practice ACT test for sophomores in high school, is called the PLAN. The purpose of the PLAN is to help students prepare for the ACT, a national college admissions exam, so that they are ready to succeed in college and beyond. Students all over the United States take the PLAN during their sophomore year, so you might be curious about how your scores compare to those of other students.

About PLAN

The PLAN test includes four multiple-choice tests: English, math, reading and science. There are 50 English/grammar questions that you have 30 minutes to answer. There are 40 algebra and geometry questions, which you have 40 minutes to answer. There are 25 reading questions, which you have 20 minutes to answer, and there 30 science questions, which you are given 25 minutes to answer. Once you know what each test covers, your results on the PLAN test can show you your strengths and weaknesses in each subject area.

PLAN Scores

PLAN scores range between 1 and 32 (where 1 is the lowest and 32 is the highest). PLAN takes the number of questions you got right on each test and translates it into a number between 1 and 32. Based on these scores, you are given a composite score, the average of your test scores in English, mathematics, reading and science.

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On the score report that you receive from PLAN, your scores are compared to all other students who took the test in your school, your school district and your state. According to the 2009-2010 PLAN Profile Summary Report, the average composite score on the PLANnationwide was 17.5.

Projections for ACT

Though the score range for the PLAN is 1 to 32, the range for the ACT is 1 to 36, so the scores on the two tests are not directly comparable. A 17 on the PLAN, for instance does not necessarily predict a 17 on the ACT. Instead, your score on the PLAN predicts a possible range of scores on the ACT. This prediction will be printed on your PLAN score report. This prediction suggests the score that you will be likely to achieve on the ACT if you keep working hard toward your goals.

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