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Testing - PLAN, ASVAB, ACT

Financial Aid

There are a number of meetings/testing dates COMING UP THIS FALL. Some of these are required and some are optional.  Please be aware of the following activities: 


Q. When will the PLAN be administered?   The PLAN will be given in the morning on Wednesday, November 7.

Q.  Who takes the PLAN?   All sophomores and upperclass students who have not taken the test.

Q. What if a sophomore is absent on Nov. 7?     Students will take the PLAN on the next available day after they return to school.

Q. Why do Sophomores take the PLAN?

It measures student achievement.
It is an opportunity to practice for the ACT and a fairly accurate predictor of an ACT score.
It provides interesting and helpful career information to sophomores and their parents.

Q.  How much does it cost?   The district pays for the PLAN as part of the district’s testing program. There is NO cost to students.

Q. Where is the test given?   At Crete High School.


ASVAB Testing (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)

The date for the ASVAB has not yet been finalized. Students who want to take an additional aptitude test or who are considering entering the military should watch the daily school announcements to see when the test will be offered. 

Q.  When will the ASVAB be administered?  The ASVAB will be given on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 starting promptly at 8:15 a.m.

Q.  What is the ASVAB?    ASVAB stands for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery.  It is a career exploration instrument and a multiple-aptitude test battery and is important for students considering entering the military.

Q.  How much does it cost?  It is FREE!

Q.  Is there any obligation to the military if one takes the test?   No, but the scores can be used by the military if  the student so desires.

Q.  Who can take the ASVAB?  Usually juniors and seniors take the ASVAB, but interested sophomores can take it as well.

Q. Where is the ASVAB given?  At Crete High School.



Q. What is the ACT?   The ACT is used as a college admission test for 4-year colleges and universities.   The scores range from 0 - 36, with the higher the score the better.   The ACT tests English, Math, Reading, and Science.

Q.  Why should I take the ACT?    Most colleges and universities consider it for admission -- some have cut-off scores.  The scores may be used for eligibility for college athletics.  Many scholarships use ACT scores as a consideration when awarding scholarships.    If you are unsure of your plans after high school, it might be wise to take an ACT "just in case."

Q. Do I need the writing test?  The ACT Plus Writing costs $50.50 and is not required by any college/university in Nebraska.  There may be some programs within a university that recommend it, so a student should check with their major area of interest.  Only about 1/3 of the college or universities in the United States require the writing portion of the ACT.

Q. When should a student take an ACT?    The ACT must be taken at a national test site. ( Doane is available as a test site) on specific test dates.

College-bound juniors or students undecided about attending a 4-year school should look at the test schedule and pick 2 or 3 dates during their junior year to test. Often they have conflicts, so planning ahead is critical.   If the junior score does not meet the student's expectations, the ACT can be retaken during the senior year.

Q. Do all schools take the ACT results?    Most colleges and universities in the United States will take results from the ACT. If students are considering an out-of-state college or university they can check to see if that school accepts the ACT or prefers the SAT.   Many schools, especially UNL and UNO, want scores sent directly to them from ACT. Other schools will take scores from the high school. Therefore, if students are considering one of the universities, they should make sure to list the universities when they register for the exam. 

Q.  What if students have documented disabilities?   The students should see their high school counselor to see if they qualify for special accommodations at the test site, or testing under alternative conditions. This does NOT cost more, but there is additional paperwork that takes more time to arrange. This should be addressed early to allow time for ACT to review documentation.

Q.  What if I cannot afford the $35 test fee?  See your school counselor to see if you qualify for a fee waiver, based on family income.

Q. When can I take the ACT this year?

  •  Dec. 8    (Register by Nov. 2 -- or late registration is Nov. 16, but that is an additional $22.) 
  •   Feb. 9, 2013     (Register by Jan. 11)
  •   April 13, 2013     (Register by March 8)
  •   June 8, 2013      (Register by May 3)


Q. How do I register for the ACT?    Take your credit or debit card and go to www.actstudent.org before the registration deadlines.  There are a limited number of paper packets in the Career Center, but ACT sends very few of those any more.

Q. What is new with ACT this year?  For the first time, ACT is requiring students to have their picture on the ACT Admission Ticket.  It is fairly easy to download a picture, but if students are having a problem with that part of the registration process, they should see their counselor.

Q. What do I need to take to the ACT?  Even with the new picture requirement on the Admission Ticket, students must take their photo ID (or letter from their counselor), their Admission Ticket, #2 lead pencils and an approved calculator.


In addition to testing and test scores, it costs money to attend higher education. How do students find financial aide?

Financial Aid Meeting

Tentative Date:  November 5, 2012

7:00 p.m.

High School Auditorium

Please watch for further notification


The presenter will be from EducationQuest in Lincoln and will answer all of your questions about financial aid.  This meeting is primarily for seniors and their parents; however, junior and their parents may want to get a head start for making financial plans for the future.

There will be a college meeting for Spanish-speaking parents at a different date.  Watch for more details about this important meeting.