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Posted October 14, 2013

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APS Sophomores to Take Practice ACT Wednesday

APS and the state are paying for students to take the PLAN, a practice test for the ACT college entrance exam that students take their junior and/or senior year.

On Wednesday, Oct. 16, Albuquerque Public Schools sophomores will be taking the PLAN, a practice test for the ACT. The test is free for APS students.

The PLAN, designed specifically for sophomores, helps students prepare for and become more comfortable with the ACT, which is one of two college entrance exams (the other being the SAT) that students usually take in the spring of their junior year and/or the fall of their senior year.

The ACT is accepted by all colleges and universities nationally, and is traditionally a much more popular test than the SAT in New Mexico. APS college readiness counselors suggest that students take both tests, then send their higher scores when applying to colleges.

APS and the state of New Mexico are paying for and mandating the PLAN for all APS sophomores this year. In year's past, the state helped pay for sophomores to take the PSAT.

The PLAN, like the ACT, tests students on English, math, reading and science, and has a component that asks students about their goals, strength and interests.

Calculators are permitted and encouraged for the math section.

Detailed PLAN results, likely returned to students in December, include a predictor of how a student will score on the ACT, and allows students to tailor their studying for the ACT.


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