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Is PLAN (Pre-ACT) "estimated ACT score" a good indicator?

OhioMom2OhioMom2 Registered User Posts: 639 Member
Is the PLAN (Pre-ACT) "estimated ACT score" a good indicator of what someone will really score on the ACT?

If anyone has taken both, please tell us your estimated (from PLAN) vs. real ACT score.

My daughter just got PLAN results back today. She scored a 31 and it says projected ACT score of 32-36.

Wondering if this is a good indicator or not. Thanks!
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Replies to: Is PLAN (Pre-ACT) "estimated ACT score" a good indicator?

  • silverturtlesilverturtle Registered User Posts: 12,496 Senior Member
    31 indicates a solid potential to score very well on the ACT; that's about all one can gather from that PLAN score.
  • Mustang2000Mustang2000 Registered User Posts: 159 Junior Member
    I have found the PLAN test scores have been low. My daughter's range was 28-32 and she scored a 35 on the ACT. Many other students have had the same results-higher ACT than PLAN. Did your results get mailed or did she get them from the school? My younger daughter is awaiting her results. Your daughter should do very well on the ACT.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Registered User Posts: 82,625 Senior Member

    Was your D a frosh, soph, or junior when she took the PLAN?

    My kids took the PLAN as freshmen, but it really didn't tell us much because they were too young.

    Either way, have your child take both the ACT and the SAT. Some kids do better on one than the other. Since colleges will accept the highest score, and may award merit $$ based on such, it can pay to take both. :)
  • OhioMom2OhioMom2 Registered User Posts: 639 Member
    She got the results from the school today. She took it in the fall (of her Sophomore year).
  • himatghimatg Registered User Posts: 25 New Member
    Personally, it wasn't a good indicator

    It projected me to get a 26 (which scared the hell out of me because I was hoping to go to U of M) but I ended up getting a 30.

    Btw, that did get me accepted.

    I think the problem is that the PLAN does not matter, therefore the test takers do not try as hard on the test. I know that is what happened to me.
  • OhioMom2OhioMom2 Registered User Posts: 639 Member
    Thanks for the input everyone! I'm glad to hear that people are scoring higher than predicted. My daughter said that she didn't try either - because she knew it didn't matter! She's going to go to ACT prep class to try to get that coveted 36. :)
  • JustMaeJustMae Registered User Posts: 132 Junior Member
    It was accurate for me--30/32 on the PLAN (31-34 projected on ACT), and I got a 33 when I took it for the first time in December.
  • RobDRobD Registered User Posts: 5,061 Senior Member
    Just looked at D's;
    Explore (Pre-PLAN in 8th grade) scored a 22 (out of 25) with an estimated PLAN range of 22-26

    PLAN (in 10th grade) scored a 29 (out of 32) with an estimated ACT range of 30-33

    ACT (in 11th grade without writing) she got a 32.

    So in D's experience the PLAN did accurately estimate her ACT; she only took it once and was happy with her score.
  • broseph99broseph99 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    I got a 27 on the PLAN

    and a 35 on ACT with writing

    I don't remember what the PLAN projected my ACT to be though
  • Mustang2000Mustang2000 Registered User Posts: 159 Junior Member
    My younger D got her PLAN results yesterday. Her projected ACT score is 26-30. My older D's projected ACT was also 26-30 (my earlier post was wrong), but she got a 35 on the ACT without studying for it. It's hard to believe (probably impossible) to get a 31 on the PLAN without trying. My older D got a perfect math score, had at least 97% on each area except science where she had 85%, and got a 25 on the PLAN test. To get a 31 out of 32 and not try is difficult to fathom. If you look at the back of the test results, it gives their raw score in each subject area. To get a score of 31, you couldn't miss more than a couple in each sub-test. I would say your D is well on her way to a good ACT score. I wouldn't bring up a 36 with her, since they are so hard to come by (roughly 400-700 out of 1.5 million). Anything 34 and over is a great score, and will put her in the running for scholarships and potential to get accepted at any college.
  • bei22000bei22000 Registered User Posts: 82 Junior Member
    It depends. Normally, students would do better in the later yrs of the high schools. I have known lots of students do better on their ACT/SAT tests during their senior yrs than in the juniors yrs. However, it is not alway the case. Just a trend. Other people's cases may not be your either.
  • dietz199dietz199 Registered User Posts: 3,171 Senior Member
    Just attended a 10th grade college night at DS HS last evening. They positioned the PLAN test as a device to help determine which test - the SAT or ACT - is more in line with the students test taking approach/skills. Based on the PLAN score, a counselor will suggest the student take either the SAT or the ACT at the appropriate time.
  • willdbkwilldbk Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
    Yeah she definitely could not have gotten a 31 without trying. I missed two in each section and got a 29 and I know someone who got a 31 and got three sections perfect.
  • billcshobillcsho Registered User Posts: 16,767 Senior Member
    Try not to response to a thread from 3 years ago or you are likely just talking to air.
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