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
also helps you and
throughout high school.
For your child to be admitted to the college he or she wants and get needed fi nancial 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 offi ce for more information at 1.800.858.1840 or
today for your child’s future
UNDERSTANDING YOUR CHILD’S PLAN SCORE REPORT
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
The two scores directly under English and math
tell you how well your child did in two specifi c
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 fi nd 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.
When taking PLAN, your child was asked about the courses he or she
plans to take in high school.
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.
YOUR CAREER POSSIBILITIES
It’s not too soon for your child to begin exploring possible
The Your Career Possibilities section helps your child start by
focusing 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
The Your Skills section on the back of the score report describes the skills and
knowledge your child has already mastered.
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 offi cial 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 fi nancial 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
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