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  • 1. The EXPLORE Test Taking EXPLORE® in 8th or 9th grade tells you things you need to know—to plan your high school courses, prepare for the ACT, or choose a career direction.
  • 2. The English Test
    • The EXPLORE English Test measures your understanding of standard written English—punctuation, grammar and usage, and sentence structure (Usage/Mechanics)—and your understanding of the use of strategy, organization, and style in writing (Rhetorical Skills).
    • You receive a total score for the English test and separate scores (called "subscores") for Usage/Mechanics and Rhetorical Skills.
  • 3. The Reading Test
    • The EXPLORE Reading Test measures your ability to understand written material from different school subjects.
    • The skills measured include referring to details in the passage, drawing conclusions, and making comparisons and generalizations.
    • The test does not cover information outside the passages, vocabulary taken out of context, or formal logic.
  • 4. The Reading Test
    • The passages are typical of materials you might read in school, including:
    • Prose Fiction
      • Short stories or excerpts from short stories or novels
    • Humanities
      • Excerpts from memoirs and personal essays, and from works on architecture, art, dance, ethics, film, language, literary criticism, music, philosophy, radio, religion, television, and theater
    • Social Sciences
      • Excerpts from works on anthropology, archaeology, biography, business, economics, education, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology
  • 5. EXPLORE, PLAN, and the ACT
    • EXPLORE is the first part of a testing system that goes on to include PLAN and the ACT.
    • Typically, students take EXPLORE in the 8th or 9th grade, PLAN as 10th graders, and the ACT as juniors or seniors.
    • All three test you in English, math, reading, and science. However, the material tested in each program gets more difficult.
    • This is why the top scores are different.
  • 6. What Your Score Report Tells You
    • The EXPLORE Student Score Report gives information about your knowledge, skills, interests, and plans. You can use this information as you plan your high school coursework and begin thinking about college and work.
    • Your report tells you how you did on the EXPLORE tests and how your scores compare to those of other students across the nation.
    • It contains information about your educational and career plans, interests, high school coursework plans, and the amount of help you think you need in seven areas.
  • 7. What Do My Scores Mean?
    • Your scores are between 1  (the lowest score you can receive) and 25  (the highest score you can receive) even though you answered a lot more than 25 questions on the EXPLORE test!
  • 8. How Do My Scores Compare with Those of Other Students Who Took EXPLORE?
    • Next to your scores, you'll find the  percent of students scoring at or below your score .
    • This shows you how your scores compare to those of students across the country who took EXPLORE.
  • 9. How Do My Scores Compare with Those of Other Students Who Took EXPLORE?
  • 10. Am I on Track?
    • After EXPLORE, you might take PLAN next to see if you're learning what you need to know for college.
    • Students who take PLAN usually do so in the tenth grade.
    • Your EXPLORE scores can be used to predict how you are likely to do if you take PLAN as a tenth grader and keep working hard.
  • 11. Am I on Track?
  • 12. How Can I Improve?
    • The back of your Score Report describes the skills and knowledge you already probably have.
    • You'll also see some ideas for improving even more in the different subject areas.
    • The suggestions are based on your scores and can help you do better.
  • 13. How Can I Improve?
  • 14. Your Future
    • When you took EXPLORE, you answered questions about your educational and career plans.
  • 15. Your Plans for High School
    • Compare Your Courses to "Core" College Prep Courses
    • When you took EXPLORE, you were asked about the courses you plan to take in high school. This section of your Score Report compares your plans to our recommendations for  "core" college prep courses .
  • 16. Your Plans for High School
  • 17. Thinking about College?
    • Your EXPLORE results give you an early clue as to whether you will be ready for college-level work if you keep doing the same things in school.
    • ACT has also developed  College Readiness Benchmark Scores . If you meet these benchmark scores, you are on your way to having the skills you will need by the time you finish high school.
  • 18. Thinking about College?
  • 19. Your Career Possibilities
    • It's not too soon to begin exploring possible careers!
    • Your EXPLORE Score Report helps you start by focusing on a few career areas.
  • 20. Your Career Possibilities
  • 21. The World-of-Work Map
    • The World-of-Work Map graphically shows how occupations relate to each other based on work tasks.
    • When you receive scores from one of ACT's assessments, you receive a personalized report. This report suggests map regions and career areas on the World-of-Work Map for you to explore.
    • Click here for The World-of-Work Map: http:// actstudent.org/wwm/explore_world.html