It is never really too soon in a child’s life to start giving some thought to college. When you enter high school as a freshman, it may seem as though you have plenty of time, and you do have more time to plan than a junior or senior does, but the earlier you start the more prepared you will be when senior year rolls around.
In your sophomore year, you should consider taking the PLAN test. It is an excellent way to better prepare for the ACT. Nearly all students who take PLAN score higher on the ACT than those who don’t.
Even though you can take the ACT earlier, the majority of students generally take the ACT/SAT in their junior/senior year. Many students take the ACT multiple times in an attempt to get a higher score. The higher the score, the better chances you have of admission to your choice colleges and the opportunity to apply for certain scholarships that require high ACT results.
The PLAN test is designed to help 10th graders evaluate their academic development, explore different career paths, and make better plans for the remainder of their high school years in anticipation of going to college.
The PLAN test is also beneficial for students who don’t plan to go to college but enter the workforce immediately after high school. So even if you are not sure of your plans after high school, you will still benefit from it. There are four multiple choice tests in Math, Science, English, and Reading. Test results indicate both your weak and strong areas so you’ll know where to improve.
Your high school guidance counselor should have information on the PLAN test, such as test dates, locations, and test fees. So when you begin your sophomore year, be sure to make plans to take the PLAN test so you will be on the right path for the remainder of your high school years. The more preparations you make for college early in high school, the better prepared you will be when it comes time to apply and seek acceptance at the school of your choice.