Guide to Understanding the PLAN Score Report
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As a parent, you have the greatest impact on your child’s goals and aspirations. Helping your child prepare for college will put him or her on a proven path to a brighter future.
Like most 10th graders in Oklahoma, your child took the PLAN test at the beginning of the school year. This test, paid for by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, prepares students for the ACT in the 11th or 12th grade.
You may have already received your child’s score report from the school. If you haven’t, it is important that you check with your child TODAY to make sure he or she has seen it and has a copy or contact your child’s school counselor for a copy. Once you have it, sit down with your child and discuss the results together.
PLAN will show you how your child is doing in English, math, reading and science. It also includes questions that help your child begin the process of career and educational exploration. PLAN also helps you and educators monitor student progress throughout high school.
For your child to be admitted to the college he or she wants and get needed financial aid, he or she must be well-prepared. The PLAN test is an excellent way for students to prepare for success in college and in the workplace.
This guide will walk you through understanding your child’s score report and also contains resources for planning today for your child’s college education.
Please feel free to contact the State Regents office for more information at
1.800.858.1840 or visit www.okhighered.org/epas.
The Your Scores section shows what your child scored on the PLAN test, how the score compares to others and how your child is likely to score on the ACT if he or she takes the right courses and works hard.
Your child’s scores are between 1 (the lowest
score you can receive) and 32 (the highest score
you can receive). PLAN takes the number of
questions your child got right on each test and
translates it into a number between 1 and 32.
Your child’s composite score is simply the average of his or her test scores in English, math, reading and science (rounded to a whole number).
The two scores directly under English and math
tell you how well your child did in two specific
areas of each subject. These scores added
together do NOT necessarily equal the total
English or math test scores. Next to your child’s
scores, you’ll find the percentage of students scoring at or below his or her scores.
PLAN scores can be used to predict how your child is likely to score if he or she keeps working hard and takes the ACT as an 11th or 12th grader. Remember that these scores are only estimates, not guarantees. Improving study habits and taking more challenging courses are the best strategies for improving an ACT score.
The Your Plans section of the score report compares your child’s plans to ACT’s recommendations for “core” college prep courses. Talk to your child’s counselor if his or her high school course plans fall short of the “core” college prep course recommendations.
Your child’s PLAN results give you an early clue as to whether your child will be ready for college-level work if he or she maintains the same level of commitment to school. ACT has also developed college readiness benchmark scores. The checkmarks show whether your child scored above, at or below the benchmark scores. Students who score at or above the benchmark scores for PLAN in English, math and science will probably do well in entry-level college courses in these subjects if they keep up with their coursework. Students scoring at or above the reading benchmark are on their way to having the reading skills they will need in all of their college courses.
When taking PLAN, your child answered questions about his or her future educational plans. This information can help clarify your child’s goals and plan for his or her future, including a college education.
Possibilities section helps your child start by
on a few career areas. Exploring careers is easier if you
have a good map. The World-of-Work Map is your child’s key to
hundreds of jobs. Sit down with your child and follow the three
easy steps to exploring careers. You can also launch the map
You’ll also see some ideas for helping your child improve even more in the different subject areas. The suggestions are based on your child’s scores and can help him or her identify areas in need of improvement in order to improve skills and be better prepared for the ACT. Sit down with your child and discuss ways to get the most from his or her courses and become “college ready.”
- Stay in touch with your child’s counselor. Counselors are great resources and partners in helping students achieve success.
- If you haven’t already, sign your child up for Oklahoma’s Promise so he or she can earn free college tuition if your family meets the requirements outlined at www.okpromise.org. The deadline to sign up is June 30 the summer after your child’s 10th-grade year.
- Check your child’s progress on taking the core courses required by Oklahoma public colleges and universities.
- Be sure your child registers by the deadline for the ACT. The ACT is typically taken in the fall and spring of the junior year and fall of the senior year. Your child can take the test more than once to improve his or her score.
- Go to www.OKcollegestart.org – Oklahoma’s official one-stop shop for college prep – and help your child set up a secure account. Through the site, your child can create an individual portfolio, access campus information, apply for federal and state financial aid and apply to many of the state’s colleges and universities.
- Encourage your child to get involved in extracurricular activities that help develop teamwork, leadership and commitment.
- Be positive and encouraging and talk to your child about his or her concerns and plans for the future!