Every March, juniors take the ACT, which assesses high school students’ general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The test measures what students have learned in their courses and measures their skills in English, math, science and reading.
North Carolina requires the test to measure whether schools are preparing students for colleges and careers after school.
Sophomores take the PLAN in December. PLAN prepares students to take the ACT.
Both the ACT and PLAN are multiple-choice tests that cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The writing test, which is optional, measures skills in planning and writing a short essay.
Many colleges also use the ACT as an admissions test. Check with the college to see it requires the ACT or SAT.