ACT Advantage "has provided standardized testing services to students, parents and colleges for 50 years. Although their 4 part marathon college entrance exam test is used by nearly all colleges and universities throughout the United States as a standardized representation of academic excellence of the students who take it, ACT, Inc., offers a number of other career planning and college preparatory services to assist people of all ages in meeting their professional and personal goals. Their offerings fall under their ACT Advantage program."
EXPLORE is a great tool designed for 8th and 9th grade students to measure their academical ability in English, Reading, Mathematics, & Science. Their results from these tests can aid students, parents, and teachers in helping the student choose a career path. The results can also identify the student's strengths & weaknesses as well as see if he/she is on track for future college entrance exams.
As Sonny is in the 8th grade, this is a great tool for him and for me as his mom. Of course he was not to thrilled to do this, but i think it is important for hm to learn to do these types of tests to get him used to the college entrance ones later. However I take these types of tests with a grain of salt, as they really do not give an accurate picture of what a student knows. But to have this available to "practice" for later exams is a great option.
PLAN is especially designed for 10th grade students to measure their readiness for the ACT college entrance exam. This would be given the beginning of the student's 10th grade year so that he/she would be able to work on whatever weaknesses he/she may have.
We did not use this program because our oldest is only in the 8th grade, but I know it will be a resource for us in a couple of years.
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