PLAN and ACT cover the same subject areas. PLAN is designed for tenth graders and the ACT is designed for eleventh and twelfth graders. Over time, PLAN and the ACT measure your college readiness skills as you progress through high school. Your PLAN scores can be used to predict how you are likely to do if you take the ACT as an eleventh of twelfth grader.
How are PLAN tests scored?
Your scores are between 1 (the lowest score you can receive) and 32 (the highest score you can receive). PLAN takes the number of questions you got right on each test and translates it into a number between 1 and 32 (called a “scaled score”). Your estimated ACT Composite score range is given on the score sheet, however keep in mind that the ACT score ranges from 1 to 36.
- Your Composite score is simply the average of the English, Mathematics, Reading and Science Test scores (rounded to a whole number). In the same way your overall grade point average in school shows how well you are doing across all of your different classes, you PLAN composite score shows how well you did across the entire PLAN test.
- The two scores directly under English and Math (called “subscores”) range from 1 to 16. They tell you how well you did in two specific areas of each subject: Usage/Mechanics (punctuation, grammar and usage, and sentence structure) and Rhetorical Skills (your understanding of the use of strategy, organization, and style writing) in English; and Pre-Algebra/Algebra and Geometry in Mathematics. These scores added together do NOT necessarily equal English or Math Test scores because the two subscores are scaled independently from the total score.
For more information on PLAN, please visit ACT’s website:
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