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ACT offers a number of tests geared toward students of different ages and academic levels.

Using EXPLORE and PLAN to Get Ready for College
This five-minute video illustrates how ACT's EXPLORE and PLAN programs can help students get ready for college.

The EXPLORE® program—for 8th- or 9th- grade students

EXPLORE prepares help eighth- and ninth-graders for their high school coursework and their post–high school choices. EXPLORE includes four multiple-choice tests covering English, mathematics, reading, and science. EXPLORE tests have content similar to the PLAN and the ACT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about EXPLORE

The PLAN® program—for 10th-grade students

PLAN serves as the midpoint check of academic progress in high school. It is designed to improve students' preparation for education, training, and work after high school while they still have time to adjust their high school courses. PLAN has content similar to the ACT.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about PLAN

The ACT® test—for 11th- and 12th-grade students

The ACT is America's most widely accepted college entrance exam. It assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the ACT

WorkKeys® skills tests—for high school students

WorkKeys measures skills such as reading, math, listening, locating information, and teamwork to help students understand how they can improve their skills for better-paying jobs. Students who take the WorkKeys tests have a clear way to demonstrate their abilities to future employers.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about WorkKeys