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The ACT Test is a curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students' academic readiness for college. It is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in: English, Mathematic, Reading, and Science. The ACT Plus Writing includes the four subject area tests plus a Writing Test. ACT results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the U.S.
The SAT is a standardized test for college admissions in the United States. The SAT is owned, published, and developed by the College Board, a nonprofit organization in the United States. The test is intended to assess a student's readiness for college.
The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.
Valuable for all 10th-grade students, the PLAN test measures academic progress in high school with content similar to the ACT test. PLAN points out academic strengths and areas where improvement is needed and lets students know if they're on track for college. It also helps students find careers that match their interests and even helps connect them with colleges interested in them.
The EXPLORE program prepares eighth- and ninth-graders for their high school coursework and their post–high school choices. EXPLORE can provide students with an early indicator of readiness for college, provide important information for building a high school course plan, and help identify careers in which one might be interested.