To prepare for the ACT, North Carolina 10th graders will be administered the PLAN test each December. PLAN is a diagnostic assessment that indicates strengths and areas of need to provide a roadmap to success for North Carolina high school students. PLAN offers a mid-point assessment of academic progress toward college and career readiness and is the most powerful predictor of performance on the ACT. It can be used for course placement, including dual enrollment and more rigorous courses. PLAN also includes a career interest inventory and an educational;/career plan component.