PLAN Testing

(Pre-ACT Test)

The PLAN will be given to all 10th grade students at Southwestern Randolph High School for free on Wednesday, October 7, 2015. This is a practice test for the ACT which is a college entrance test. 


50 Questions - 30 minutes maximum time

The PLAN English Test measures your understanding of standard written English-punctuation, grammar and usage, and sentence structure (Usage/Mechanics)-and your understanding of the use of strategy, organization, and style in writing (Rhetorical Skills).

The test consists of four prose passages, each accompanied by a number of multiple-choice questions.


40 Questions - 40 minutes maximum time

The PLAN Math Test measures your mathematical reasoning. The test focuses on your ability to reason in math rather than on how well you have memorized formulas or can do involved computations.

You may use a calculator on the Math Test, as long as it's one of the approved kinds.


25 questions - 20 minutes maximum time

The PLAN Reading Test measures your reading comprehension

The test consists of three prose passages


30 questions - 25 minutes maximum time

The PLAN Science Test measures your scientific reasoning skills.

The test presents five sets of scientific information, using three formats:

Data representation format (two sets)Graphs, tables, diagrams, etc. Research summaries format (two sets)Descriptions of several related experiments Conflicting viewpoints format (one set)Two or more interpretations that are inconsistent with one another

Tips for Doing Your Best

Follow directions exactly, and don't be afraid to ask questions.

Don't spend too much time on any single question. For hard ones, choose the answer you think is best and move on.

Pace Yourself: There are time limits set on each test

The English, Reading and Science test contain a considerable amount of text, it is important to pace yourself so you don't spend too much time on one passage

Before you begin the test, read the directions carefully!

The best strategy for taking the test is to answer the easy questions and skip the questions you find difficult.

After answering all of the easy questions, go back and answer the more difficult questions is you have time.

DO NOT LEAVE ANYTHING BLANK! If you don't know pick a letter and stick with the same letter for all the questions you don't know!

Your score on the test will be based only on the number of questions that you answer correctly!