Academic Readiness

Basic College Vocabulary
Common terms used by many institutions of higher learning.
College Vocabulary
Glossary of College Terms (UNT)
College Lingo
College Survival Vocabulary

ACT
College entrance exam published by American College Testing that measures a student's ability in math, verbal comprehension and problem solving.
American College Testing Test Prep

College Requirements
General College Admission Requirements

PSAT/NMSQT
PSAT is a preliminary standardized test, a shorter version of the SAT, which can determine eligibility for academic scholarships.
Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test

AP Exams and AP Courses
College-equivalent courses offered in high school. Students can earn credit at most colleges and universities from AP Exams which are correlated to AP courses.
Advanced Placement Courses Information

Plan
Pre-ACT Test
ACT's College Readiness Test for 10th Graders

Dual Enrollment (Concurrent) Opportunities
Students take regular courses at their high school and part-time at a college campus.
Department of Education Dual Enrollment Information
Methods for Earning College Credit

SMART
Plano ISD/CCCC Dual Enrollment Plan

eSchool
Plano ISD offers 21 online high school courses for graduation credit.
Plano ISD eSchool

4-Year Plan
A student’s written high school plan of academic courses.
Texas Workforce Commission Graduation Plan
College Board High School Planning
Grades 6 - 12 My Planner
College Prep Timeline
ACT College Planning Checklist

Senior Year Plans
College Planning Calendar for Seniors

Middle School Guidance
ACT College Readiness Test (Explore)

GPA
Grade Point Average—a numerical value assigned to your scholastic record.
Calculate Your GPA
Grade Point Average Calculator

AVID
An in-school academic support program that prepares students for college eligibility and success by placing academically average students in advanced classes.
Advancement Via Individual Determination
Plano ISD AVID

IB
International Baccalaureate is an academically rigorous curriculum offered during 9-12 high school years which can result in college credit and advanced placement.
International Baccalaureate Programs
IB Examination Schedule

SAT/ACT Prep Courses.
About the SAT
The Official SAT Online Course
ACT Online Prep

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
English proficiency test for non-native speakers.
Education Testing Service TOEFL Information

Post-Graduate Education
Accredited Online Colleges
PhD Degree OnlineDirectory


 

 

 

Once you begin your college career, you need to feel confident that your high school preparation was more than adequate: this is academic readiness, a crucial component for college success.  It means that you can handle college course work without remediation, especially in math, reading, and writing.  Think about the following while keeping up with your high school course load.

  • Have you worked with your parents and counselor on your 4-year plan?
  • Do you know how to calculate your GPA?
  • Should you consider taking a college entrance exam prep course?

Plano ISD has academic course offerings to prepare you for any higher education experience.  All students are encouraged to take rigorous, college preparatory courses in order to be eligible and ready for college academia. 

District Initiatives
The district is in the process of evaluating college readiness intiatives based on the work of Dr. Conley in his book College Knowledge. Preliminary analysis is given below.
Program Analysis (PDF)
College Readiness Initiatives (Word)